Dougie explains why they call the Arctic the Arctic and the Antarctic the Antarctic:

Dougie: "Arktos" means "bear" in Greek. "Ant" means "without." Hence, ant arktos, "without bears."

Patrick: Up with, down without. Good news for ice cubes, bad news for polar bears.

What does "Up with, down without" mean?

  • In the context, it means the Arctic ("up"), has bears, and the Antarctic ("down"), has no bears. It's not a standard English sentence, and without the context, it would sound like bad grammar
    – gotube
    Jun 12 at 19:57

This whole exchange is a joke. I hope you realise that "antarctic" doesn't mean "without bears".

However it is true that there are no polar bears in the Antarctic... so "Up (or North) is with bears, and down (or South) is without bears.

Thus "Up with, down without"

(Arctic is from Greek Arktos=bear, but it refers to the constellations of the greater and lesser bear that are in the Northern sky. "Anti" means opposite and Antarctic is the region opposite the Arctic)

  • Not everybody knows that it is conventional to present maps, globes, etc, with North at the top. My boss in the 1990s didn't. Jun 12 at 21:15

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.