Word Wise Season 5

Season 5

Date Item
08/09/2010  French (03:21)
What's in a name? An entire history! Dr. Christian Bratu, assistant professor of French and Italian, talks to us about "France."
07/05/2010  Deadline (02:31)
The original word deadline dates back to its use in civil war prisons when it meant just what it said: dead if you cross the line. Lisa Asher, senior lecturer in English, explains.
06/21/2010  Benthos (02:52)
Thanks to technology, we're discovering life forms that show that the benthic zone of lakes and oceans may be just as rich as a tropical rain forest. Dr. Ryan King, associate professor of Biology, explains "benthic."
06/14/2010  Monster (03:07)
One of the first instances of the term "monster" is an association with Grendel in the epic Beowolf. Dr. Jim Kenrick, assistant professor of film, explains.
06/07/2010  Hallelujah (03:10)
We don't have a lot of words from the Hebrew language because it reads from right to left. But there's one word that prevailed through time- hallelujah! Dr. Bill Bellinger, professor of Religion, explains.
05/31/2010  Ask and Acs (02:44)
Dr. Clay Butler, a senior lecturer in the English department, talks about metathesis, a process by which two sounds in a word are reveresed. In this episode, we take a look at "ask" and its earlier form "acs."
05/24/2010  Comedy and Tragedy (02:47)
Talk about drama! Dr. John Thorburn, professor of Classics, takes us back to the roots of comedy and tragedy.
05/17/2010  Break A Leg! (03:25)
There have always been good intentions behind this phrase. Dr. Stan Denman, professor of Theatre, talks about how although the phrase has several stories of origin, they all meant good wishes for the actor.
05/10/2010  Violence (03:27)
One definition for violence comes from the Motion Picture Association of America. For their ratings, they once chose to define violence as it related to criminality. Dr. Jim Kendrick, assistant professor of Film and Digital Media, explains.
05/03/2010  Story Structure (02:54)
In Aristotle's Poetics, he establishes a structure in storytelling that applies to character and the plot. This still has applications today as Prof. Chris Hansen, associate professor of Film and Digital Media explains.
04/26/2010  Muckraker (02:24)
Muckraker was first used in a speech by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. The term was popularized in the 1906 book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Kevin Tankersley, Journalism lecturer, shares more of the story.