Ido is a constructed language, purposely created to be easier to learn
than any other natural language, and ideally to become a universal
second language that would be used by all when conversing with people
from a different linguistic background. This is much in the same way
that English is often used as a lingua franca at present in various
international gatherings, but Ido was made to be grammatically
regular, phonetic, and as the first language of none, to favour no one
who might otherwise have an advantage in expression with his or her
native language. Ido was developed in the early 1900s, and retains a
small following today, primarily in Europe. It is largely based on
Esperanto, created by L. L. Zamenhof. Ido first appeared in 1907 as a
result of a desire to reform perceived flaws in Esperanto that its
supporters believed to be a hindrance in its propagation as an
easy-to-learn second language. Ido uses the twenty-six Latin letters
used in the English alphabet with no diacritics. While still being
completely grammatically regular, Ido resembles Romance languages in
appearance and is sometimes mistaken for Italian or Spanish at first
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne emperor, a title that had been out of
use in the West since the abdication of Romulus Augustulus in 476.
George Washington and his army crossed the Delaware River to launch a
surprise attack on Hessian mercenaries at the Battle of Trenton.
The Republic of Ezo was founded in Hokkaido by rebels loyal to the
deposed Tokugawa shogunate. In the first elections ever held in Japan,
they elected Admiral Enomoto Takeaki as their President.
Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union.
Wikiquote of the day:
"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very
simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for
Christmas to do that?" -- Bob Hope