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Would it be semantically correct for me to say I went to the ocean if I'm referring to the Gulf of Mexico?

Asked by robmandu (21201 points ) July 10th, 2008

Wikipedia says, “The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world. Considered a smaller part of the Atlantic Ocean, it is an ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba.”

But that doesn’t quite clear it up for me. What do you think?

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Randy's avatar

Well it is connected to the ocean. But then again, all the oceans are connected. I’d say that you could get away with calling it part of the ocean.

arnbev959's avatar

you could just say you went ‘to the beach’.

or, better yet, “to the gulf.’

tinyfaery's avatar

Eww! Don’t go in that water!

susanc's avatar

Maybe you could say you went to the Caribbean. Let other people figure out if it’s the ocean. They can ask us if they’re not sure.

Randy's avatar

Is there an actual line where the gulf stops and the Atlantic begins?

robmandu's avatar

@tinyfaery, as someone who grew up on the eastern seaboard, I agree with you wholeheartedly for the area around Galveston, TX. Padre Island, OTOH, ain’t so bad. South of Tampa/St. Pete is pretty, but watch out for the stingrays.

wildflower's avatar

The Gulf of Mexico is considered a part of the Atlantic Ocean, so I guess it would be correct to say you went to the ocean.
As for a cut-off point. There isn’t really. The Gulf stream reaches all the way back home thanks to the North Atlantic Current

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