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Google Logo Honors L. L. Zamenhof, Inventor of Esperanto

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Today, the 15th of December 2009, marks the 150th birthday of Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof, and as Google has been known to do in honor of celebrated personalities of yore, the popular search engine has again gotten rid of its regular homepage logo in favor of another one wherein the letter l is replaced by the flag of Esperanto, the auxilliary language invented by Zamenhof.

Zamenhof, born in the town of Bialystok in Poland, practically dedicated his life to creating an internationally recognized auxiliary language. He hoped that by establishing such a language, peace will be achieved and desirable international relationships will be nurtured. In the early 1880s, he succeeded in inventing his aspired language and he called it Esperanto, which in the language itself means “one who hopes.”

Today, although no country has yet adopted the language for official use, Esperanto is proficiently spoken by an estimated two million people, with the number of native speakers anywhere between 200 to 2000 people.

Google is the only major search engine to offer a dedicated Esperanto search portal.