One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Physics. A magnetic quality associated with the south pole of a magnet. rare.
2The state or condition of being (relatively) southerly in direction, position, or orientation.
3Southern quality or character.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Michael Faraday (1791–1867), natural philosopher, scientific adviser, and Sandemanian. From south + -ness.
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