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Just my thinking. I would say that the Indian Ocean is named after India and not the Indian Subcontinent. The simple logic is that the Indian subcontinent is itself named after India. On top of that, its a well known fact given in various encyclopedias saying that the Indian Ocean is the only Ocean named after a country. Indianescence (talk) 17:56, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
Maybe, but the Atlantic Ocean is named after the Atlas Mountains, not a Greek myth!
As to India / Indian Subcontinent naming; aye, the Ocean's named after India, but then India was the Indian subcontinent until the world suddenly needed another name. Heroditus did not name the ocean after the Republic of India! Then again logically, erm, oh crumbs; let's just leave the wording as everyone knows what it means and it doesn't seem to upset anyone.
The name Indian ocean predates modern country India by several thousand years. There was no country called India 2000 years ago! --Wangond (talk) 08:27, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
India may not have been a sovereign nation state in the way that we know today, but it existed as a region. Bazonka (talk) 08:37, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
Might a chicken-and-egg question: the country's name was not primary but borrowed from Indus River. Worth discussing. Primitive logic suggests Wangond is correct. Materialscientist (talk) 08:48, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
Agreed. I went ahead and changed "country" to "geographic location" ThemFromSpace 08:49, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
Further step is needed, based on referenced information on the origin of the name India. Example. Geographic location might be inaccurate, and the origin might be the river. Materialscientist (talk) 08:52, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
The same source has an entry on the Indian Ocean: first attested 1515 in Mod.L. (Oceanus Orientalis Indicus), named for India, which projects into it; earlier it was the Eastern Ocean, as opposed to the Western Ocean (Atlantic) before the Pacific was surmised.ThemFromSpace 08:56, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for correcting the article.--Wangond (talk) 09:04, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
The text I can see in the sentence of the description is this: "The Indian Ocean is real sometimes but we can turn it in to a hologram that you don't know is there because our supersoldiers who aren't allowed to colors invented the thing to soultrade people and blackies who try any shit with it - Dave, covering approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface."
I guess this is a clear case of vandalism. Please review and edit as appropiate
That edit was reverted 10 hours ago, but the old version was still in a cache. I've purged the page. Try again. Materialscientist (talk) 09:34, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
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