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Why is it that no matter which end of the hall you are standing the other end is always down the hall?

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2011-04-11 12:48:17
2011-04-11 12:48:17

So you will think it's all downhill from where you are.

Because it's too confusing to define "down". If down was a specific direction, like north, people would have to whip out a compass every time they say "down the hall". It's about relativity.

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On the other hand, "down the hall" means the same thing as being farther "up the hall", even in Australia. So it is just a case of providing a direction other than pointing and saying "there". Very few people use the alternative, which is "farther along", or possibly "further along".

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Because the tallest point in the hall is the top of your head.

Sometimes the choice of up or down is just a state of mind, when you want to go (up) someplace as opposed to where you don't want to go (down). In this case, the choice is arbitrary.

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