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Black

Informal; describing a financial statement that ends with a positive assessment. For example, if a company produces a profit for a given period of time, it is said to be "in the black." The term comes from the color of ink used for such statements. See also: Red.
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black

Of or relating to the profitability of a firm or the operations of a firm. The term derives from the color of ink used to enter a profit figure on a financial statement. Compare red.
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Equally, it's unclear why Britain's worst taste of the plague, the Black Death, finally stopped killing people in the 14th century, although Wagner suggests: "There could have been some resistance developing in humans, although that's not clear, or it could just be that because it killed so many people, there were fewer people around, so there was less contact between individuals and less ability to spread from human to human."
Most historians agree that the Black Death killed between 30-45 per cent of the population between 1348-50.
But scientists say that modern antibiotics make a global outbreak like the Black Death unlikely.
Only half of the victims suffered from the Black Death, of course.
He studied reports of archeologic excavations and reviewed poems, medieval bestiaries, and paintings and concluded that these rats were scarce during the Black Death era.
When the Black Death comes to their village, people blame the sailors newly arrived from France--of whom Will is one.
The black death of my generation is not AIDS but the unemployment, comments Zarko Kujundziski for Dnevnik.
History, science, and health issues blend in DREAD: HOW FEAR AND FANTASY HAVE FUELED EPIDEMICS FROM THE BLACK DEATH TO AVIAN FLU.
WITH the recent outbreak of a pretty tough flu strain, it's interesting to look back and ask questions about the black death and Spanish flu, both of which killed millions.
The Daily Life during the Black Death, by Joseph P.
The Black Death, a bacterial epidemic that wiped out more than 1 in 3 Europeans from 1347 to 1351, was not an equal-opportunity destroyer.
Known as the Black Death, the bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged the Medieval Muslim and Christian worlds affected individuals at all levels of society.