Tuesday, October 07, 2014

First in the West which is East of the not West

This morning I heard on the radio that that nurse in Madrid who got infected with Ebola was the "first person to be infected by the disease in the West." I know "the West" has become a shorthand for "the developed world" but I really notice every time it is used in a way that is not geographically accurate. In this case, most Ebola infections so far have occurred in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, all of which are West of Madrid, not the other way around.

I know this doesn't matter. But it really bugs a geography nerd like me. Every day my social media feed is filled with grammar pedants complaining. Just give me this one pedantic moment.