Student or Learner
I read these from The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy:
1....the Nile rises in the south, and when you go up the river, naturally, you go south, finally arriving in Upper Egypt, with Lower Egypt away up north. The ancient Egyptian word for south was "upstream." It was the wrong word.
If Upper Egypt = the south part of the Nile = upstream, why would the author say it was the wrong word?
2.In accordance with custom, he had to marry some of his sisters and half sisters, not to mention one of his stepmothers and perhaps other close female connections with exactly the same line of family jokes and reminiscences.
What does "the same line of family jokes and reminiscences" mean?
So the word wasn't wrong. It was at odds with Will Cuppy's prejudice (or maybe I do him an injustice, and he was referring to a similar prejudice).
Incidentally, there is a similar usage in English. Railway stations north of London habitually refer to 'Up trains' that go to London.