The name of Alaska
The name Alaska comes from the Aleut word alaxsxaq, ___MEANING___ “object toward which the action of the sea is directed” – that is, the mainland. It is also known as Alyeska, the “great land”, an Aleut word ___FORMED___ from the same root. Its nicknames are the Land of the Midnight Sun and America’s Last Frontier. Its first nicknames were “Seward’s folly” and “Seward’s icebox” to laugh at the secretary of state who negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia, which ___WAS_CONSIDERED___ foolish at the time.
A landmark for the new millennium
Have you seen the photos of the London Eye? The London Eye is a giant observation wheel ___LOCATED___ in the Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank of the river Thames. The structure ___WAS_DESIGNED___ by the architectural team of David Marks and Julia Barfield, husband and wife. They submitted their idea for a large observation wheel as part of a competition to design a landmark for the new millennium. None of the entrants ___WON___ the competition. However, the couple pressed on and eventually got the backing of British Airways, who sponsored ___THEIR___ project.