For Argument’s Sake

In Southeast Asia there is an island

In Southeast Asia there is an island
divided into two separate countries,
specifically, East and West Timor.
East Timor is a tautological toponym
because the name Timor is derived
from timur that in Malay means east.
So East Timor is actually “East East”.

We have to assume that West Timor
must transliterate into “West East”.
Therefore Kipling’s pronouncement
that east and west are different
and that the twain shall never meet
is proved to be a fallible statement.

Here ends my debatable argument.


© Luigi Pagano 2021

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