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Quote of the day

  • E. M. Forster
    Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy. Discuss

Word of the Day

  • calque
    Definition: (noun) An expression introduced into one language by translating it from another language.
    Synonyms: loan translation.
    Usage: "Superman" is a calque for the German "Ubermensch."

This Day in History

  • Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775)
    The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the opening engagements of the American Revolution. While marching from Boston to Concord to seize colonists' military stores, a British force of 700 was met at Lexington by 77 local minutemen. After a brief exchange of shots, the outnumbered colonists fell back. The British continued on to Concord, where they were defeated by a militia of about 500. Who had been sent to warn the people of the Massachusetts countryside about the impending British attack? Discuss