Word Wise Season 4

Season 4

Date Item
04/12/2010  Avant -garde (02:48)
It was never meant to be an art term but it fits well. In the mid-1900s, avant-garde was used to describe those artists on the front line, the cutting edge work of the art world, and those who were ahead of the curve.
04/05/2010  Food Words (02:31)
Few people realize that many of the foods we eat originated with the native civilizations of North and South America. For example, Europeans originally acquired tomatoes and chili peppers from the Aztecs.
03/29/2010  Plagiarism (02:30)
Plagiarism originates from Greek and references copying someone else's work. Oddly, it was the Greeks and Romans themselves that seldom cited sources, and often borrowed freely from their predecessors. Their form of imitation was not only flattering, but also was not necessarily unethical. Dr. John Thorburn, associate Professor of Classics offers more.
03/22/2010  Gesundheit (02:18)
Sometimes, specific situations call for specific words- like when you sneeze! Dr. Ann McGlashan, professor of German, is here to visit with us about the word gesundheit.
03/15/2010  Ecology (02:36)
The word ecology comes from the Greek "oikos" for "household." Throughout the Old Testament, oikos began to mean a broader environment, often referencing the house of Israel or the house of God. Dr. Susan Bratton, professor of Environmental Science explains.
03/08/2010  Gatekeeper (02:28)
In the field of journalism and public relations, the role of the gatekeeper has changed a lot. Kevin Tankersley, lecturer in Journalism talks about gatekeepers and new media.
03/01/2010  Screenwriter (02:42)
We know a playwright writes plays, but what exactly does a screenwriter do? Dr. Chris Hansen, assistant professor of Film and Digital Media offers some insight.
02/22/2010  Robot (02:23)
The word robot didn't come from the lab but from the stage! Dr. Adrienne Harris, assistant professor of Russian explains.
02/01/2010  Oscillate (02:59)
"Oscillate" can be an important word on hot summer days when everyone wants their fair share of the fan. Dr. John Thorburn, professor of Classics, tells the story.
01/25/2010  Trompe L'oeil (02:37)
You've probably seen this technique before without knowing it. Dr. Katie Edwards, assistant professor of Art History describes "trompe l'oeil."
02/08/2009  Love (02:57)
Love- a many splendored thing? Dr. Michael Frisch, professor of Psychology, offers our heads something we sometimes feel in the heart- love.