I'm looking for a word akin to 'cismontane' that refers to oceans or seas. Does this exist?

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Cis- is a particle like trans-, so you can use it to construct words with some confidence that readers will understand (or be able to work out) what you mean. Not much confidence in this case, since cis- is uncommon in normal English. That said, you could try


(I am part of a small but easily amused group who would understand cispondial as meaning "on this side of the Atlantic" :-)

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    LLL OOO LLL !!!!!! hah! english.stackexchange.com/questions/30295/…
    – Fattie
    Jun 24, 2011 at 13:10
  • I'm a bit humbled to realise that but for this page I personally wouldn't have known cis- as a meaningful English prefix. I know enough French that the sound automatically associates with "here", but I had no idea it could be used in composite English words. I'm now a fully signed-up member of your "small but easily amused group", ty. :) Jun 25, 2011 at 2:15

Keying off of Rhodri's excellent answer, I remembered the word transatlantic:

of, relating to, or situated on the other side of the Atlantic

Typing in cisatlantic shocked me because my spellchecker claimed it was a word. So I looked it up:

on the same side of the Atlantic as the speaker

Oddly, there is transpacific but no cispacific in the same dictionary. But, in the case of talking between Europe and America, you can safely use cisatlantic.

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    It's uncommon enough that I wouldn't be entirely sure about being safe, but have +1 anyway.
    – user1579
    Jun 24, 2011 at 14:01
  • +1 for being inspired to type in cisatlantic in the first place! Jun 25, 2011 at 2:06

I don't think such a single word for this, but there are alternative phrases:

On my native shores

That should indicate pretty much that it is the native shores of the speaker or author.

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