January 14, 2012
quisling (noun)
\KWIZ-ling\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: traitor, collaborator
How do you use it?
"You're nothing but a no good quisling," Marta shouted after her sister, "tattling to Mom about me getting into trouble at school after you promised you wouldn't!"
Are you a word wiz?

January 14th is the birthday of a famous (or infamous!) quisling. Knowing that, which of the following historical figures do you think was born on this date?

"Quisling" is a synonym of "traitor," and many people consider Benedict Arnold one of the most famous traitors in U.S. history. Arnold (who was born on January 14, 1741) actually lived too long ago for anyone to call him a "quisling," though. That word didn't come into use in English until 1940. It developed from the name of Vidkun Quisling, a Norwegian politician who helped Adolf Hitler invade Norway during World War II. The Norwegian people bitterly opposed Quisling and later convicted him of treason. His actions inspired English speakers to start using his name as a general term for a traitor.
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