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  A new page in the book of life:  Thursday, 24 July, 2014

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


Words to keep
"My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests." —George Santayana (Soliloquies in England)

English language
In both Chinese and English, the verb comes in the middle of the sentence, not at the end as in Japanese. Of course, that doesn't mean that Chinese and English are very similar languages. English is in some ways like Japanese but not Chinese, while Japanese is in some ways like Chinese but not English. They're three very different tongues. It's said that the language most closely related to Japanese is Korean.

Toady's teaser for today /
Look tomorrow!

Q:  Why is it that most of the essential verbs in English are hard to learn?

Yesterday's teaser
Q:  What city in the Kyushu region used to take pride in its "seven-colored smoke"?
A:  Kitakyushu. The factory smoke that colored the air of that industrial metropolis during the 1960s was a symbol of rapid economic growth. Later, however, the city government recognized that the smoke also represented severe damage to the environment.
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