I am creating an app which will allow the user to designate the bounds of the map. I will let them set the points most north, south, east, and west (latitude and longitude).

I am wondering about the verbiage I should use. Right now I've got:

Farthest West
Farthest East

Is this right? Why not Westernmost and Easternmost? It just doesn't sound right to me, but I don't know why.

Should they all be "-most"?

Should they all be "farthest" or "furthest"?

Or should it be a mixture, such as:

Farthest West
Furthest East


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    For a map, though, you are actually setting boundary lines rather than points, as the resulting map will be a square and not diamond shaped. So you set a North border line, a South line, an East Line and a West Line. – Oldcat Oct 22 '14 at 0:22

Easternmost and westernmost are both valid English words.

Also, to answer the second part of your question, from a strict grammatical sense, you should use farthest, not furthest. Farthest is used when describing distance, while furthest is used to describe abstract concepts. However, in today's English, the distinction has been blurred. For more information, see this ELU answer: "Farthest" vs. "furthest"

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