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    Re: Definition of term
    From: Martin Gardner
    Date: 2003 Feb 4, 07:37 -0800

    Hello Trevor,
    
    You wrote, in part...
    
    > I doubt that the British/US difference is anything more than a chance
    > selection of over-simplified British books and more professional
    > American ones. Growing up in England, I learnt that a wind "veers" when
    > it changes "with the Sun" and "backs" when it changes "against the Sun".
    > In the Northern Hemisphere, of course, "with the Sun" is synonymous with
    > "clockwise" and it is sometimes used in that sense globally.
    
    It's that gol-darned 'of course' that I stuck on.
    
    How is it that "with the sun" is synonymous with "clockwise"?  The way I
    look at it, clock hands go around in circles, and the sun goes from east to
    west.  I know you're right, I'm not disputing that, but I don't get the
    connection.
    
    Regards,
    
    Martin
    
    
    

       
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