What's in a name? An entire history! Dr. Christian Bratu, assistant professor of French and Italian, talks to us about "France."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.