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Apr 15, 2010This week's theme
This week's words
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
A 16th century engraving by Martin Heemskerck
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: A place of great luxury and extravagance, usually accompanied with vice and corruption.
ETYMOLOGY:After Babylon, an ancient city of southwestern Asia, on the Euphrates River. It was the capital of Babylonia and known for its opulence and culture. It was the site of Hanging Gardens, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
USAGE:"Tsuyoshi Morimoto said that when the economic crisis hit the international market, many big companies turned to Iraq in hopes that it would save them. 'Big companies talked a lot about Iraq and paid a huge amount of attention to it. It is just like we suddenly built a Babylon, and now the Babylon is collapsing.'"
Qassim Khidhir; "Don't Expect Too Much From Iraq"; Kurdish Globe (Arbil, Kurdistan); Jan 16, 2010.
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