Monthly Archives: June 2012

Paywall — What is it?

Paywall is probably not a term you have heard much—so far.  But, I bet you will hear it more and more in the future.   This will be especially true if you read newspapers online.

A paywall is a system that prevents Internet users from accessing webpage content (most notably news content and scholarly publications) without a paid subscription or one-time fee.

Paywalls come in a couple of varieties. They are both “soft” or “hard” paywalls in use.

Soft paywalls have more flexibility since a user can view the content without subscribing.

Hard paywalls allow minimal or no access to a website’s content without subscription.

In recent time, newspapers have been putting paywalls on their websites to increase  revenue which has been diminishing due to a decline in both print subscriptions and advertising revenue.

Although it looks like paywall should be two words (pay wall), it seems that preferred format is one word.

How long before you encounter a paywall in your internet reading?


A slew of sloughs

Slew is a word I had not heard for some time until it was used on a radio talk how I was listening to.

I remember using slew when I was younger in the Midwest United States.  We would have slew of baseball cards in our collection or a slew of night crawlers after a good rain.

The definition of slew is “a large amount.”  Yes, it is also the past tense of slay.

To confuse our youthful Iowa minds, there was another slew. More correctly, this one was spelled slough.  It was an area near the big Quaker Oats facility where some kids went fishing. I think  was a little area of water from the Cedar River.

This slough’s definition is “an inlet of a river.: It also means a place of deep mud or mire or a marsh.

So, we have slew and slough.  Isn’t English wonderful?

Colorado town nicknames

Colorado, like most states has many cities with unique nicknames.  Here are some of them.

Living in Loveland, Colorado, I am aware that many cities have nicknames. Traditionally, Loveland has been called the Sweetheart City.

To the north of Loveland is Fort Collins.   Some call it Fort Fun, and others say it is the Choice City.  In recent years, The Fort has been labeled as the Napa Valley for Beer.

I go to Berthoud, CO at least once a week.  It touts itself as The Garden Spot of Colorado. I did not know that Greeley has historically been Garden City of the West. Additionally, it seems Greeley is also called the City of Churches.   (I will skip any nicknames related to odors)

Anyone who has been in Colorado for a while knows that Boulder is commonly called The People’s Republic of Boulder or Berkeley of the Rockies.

Some cities and towns in Colorado have town nicknames that I never knew of.

For example, Colorado Springs is called the City of Millionaires, Little London and Newport in the Rockies.

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