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Bilyeu, Suzanne
November 2004
Literary Cavalcade;Nov/Dec2004, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p26
The article presents information about names of some real and imaginary places which have become part of English language. These names have memorable characteristics or historical significance. The word "Balkanize" is verb used to denote breaking up a region or group into smaller, mutually hostile units. The Balkan Peninsula is a region of southeastern Europe. Numerous invasions over the centuries caused instability that led to ward and ethnic rivalries. The word "Mecca" is used to denote a center of activity sought out by people sharing a common interest. Mecca, a city in Saudi Arabia, is the birthplace of the prophet Mohammed. It is therefore considered the holiest city in Islam. The devout are expected to make pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in lifetime.


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