Thursday, December 01, 2005

Ahhhhh... the sea... well, ok, it's the ocean, but after you've lived here for awhile, you start calling it the sea. We could've stayed here all day...

4 comments:

James said...

Someone please tell me what the heck is the difference between "sea" and "ocean." I thought they were the same.

Karen said...

Thanks for the laugh! I asked the same thing when I read this! But I didn't want to question Kathy and show my ignorance seeing as both she and I were linguistics majors (but not geography majors)! So, I got an explanation from a non-geography person and I looked it up in the dictionary to see if he was right and he wasn't. So, Kathy, I ditto james' comment: what is the difference?

epps_nihon_go said...

The ocean - well, you know what that is. But when is the last time you refered to the Mediterranean Sea as the Mediterranean Ocean? And if that doesn't work, then have you ever heard of the Black Ocean, or the Caspian Ocean? What about inland seas - like the one out here in Japan. Inland ocean? A sea isn't an ocean because by definition it's attached to an ocean - although in other ways it's pretty similar (salt water being the most important). So technically, when we were looking at the Pacific Ocean off the east coast of Japan, we were clearly not looking at the Pacific Sea. Besides, it just sounds stupid to say, "the Pacific Sea". Check out wikipedia if you'd like here.

Karen said...

Thanks Kath! That's what Josh's explanation was, which made sense to me, but my dictionary told me the sea and the ocean were basically the same thing. Maybe I need a new dictionary for Christmas (it is pretty ancient).