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  A new page in the book of life:  Thursday, 25 May, 2017

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Toady's tidbits for today /
Don't skip breakfast! Start the day with some food for thought.


Words to keep
"I came, I saw, I conquered." —Julius Caesar

English language
In a sense, it's true that every car in Japan contains parts from Britain and America. Among the English words that are used for the parts of a car, one finds both UK English (bonnet) and US English (trunk). One also finds many English words coined in Japan, such as front glass, as well as handle for steering wheel.

Toady's teaser for today /
Look tomorrow!

Q:  What's wrong with the following logic? "Since some languages have no articles (such as a/an and the), we know they're not essential to communication. Therefore it's not important to use articles in speaking or writing English."

Yesterday's teaser
Q:  What do the Hakata festival Dontaku and the Nagasaki delicacy kasutera have in common?
A:  Names taken from foreign languages during Japan's Edo Period: Dontaku from the Dutch zontag ("Sunday"); kasutera, from the Portuguese castella ("castle").
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