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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
While English primarily comes from German, it is heavily influenced by one of the most widely spoken languages of the ancient world.
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Today's Random Fact:
Cincinnati, Ohio, is named after a great figure of Rome, Cincinnatus (519-438 B.C.). While plowing his fields, he was made dictator and placed in charge of the war against the Vosci and Aequi. He did the job in 16 days, left his powerful position, and went back to the plow.
The word "palace" comes from the Palatine Hill, where Augustus established the emperors' tradition of building their palaces.
Noon was originally 3pm. The word noon comes from novem, the Latin for 'ninth' (as in November) and originally referred to the ninth hour of the Roman day - which by modern reckoning was 3 o'clock in the afternoon.