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    bearings, getting one's

    The two stars that form the pouring edge of the bowl of
    the Big Dipper [Ursa Major = big bear] point to ...

    Polaris
    1. the polestar or North Star ... in the constellation
    Ursa Minor [Little Bear]: the outermost star in the
    handle of the Little Dipper.

    Does this explain why, in English, the process of determining
    the direction you face is called "getting one's bearings"?

    bearings
    9. a horizontal direction expressed in degrees east
    or west of ... north ...

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    I always thought so. :o

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