Arts & Entertainment

  1. The Wonder-ful Nature of Greek God Names

    Batman lurks like a bat in the shadows. Spider-Man slings webs like a radioactive spider. Superman is a literal translation of Friedrich Nietszche’s term ubermensch. And Wonder Woman is…well, what does Wonder Woman’s name tell us about her? A lot, it turns out. When William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in the early 1940s, he made her not just Diana, an Amazon princess, but also …

  2. The Lyrical Story of Punk Rock

  3. Fast and the Furious – From Scottish Hootenanies to Street Racing

    The eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise was released in April 2017, and their continued box office success gives moviegoers and word-lovers something to cheer about. Beyond the stunning action sequences, though, let’s take a moment to appreciate the movie’s title, The Fate of the Furious, which sounds awesome. That probably has something to do with its alliteration, a figure of speech in …

  4. Literary Baby Names

  5. 8 Music Festival Names That Rock

    Like their spiritual forerunner Woodstock, these multi-day blowouts are known for three things: loud music, scant clothing, and names as catchy as a classic rock hook. Here are eight of the biggest festivals and a bit of history behind their lyrical appellations.

  6. Screen Girls Got Slang!

  7. Writing Some Color Into White

    If there are 50 shades of grey, we can at least get you 40 shades of white to mix in.

  8. And The Award Goes To…

    The four major performing arts honor their respective members with separate and distinct award ceremonies. Some award recipients may show disdain for the process and boycott the presentation, but others seem happy to accept the recognition of their peers on the world stage. It’s interesting to note that three of the four award ceremonies make use of peoples names for their award, while the fourth …

  9. Zlopp! Ptakk! Biff! Holy Bat-Onomatopoeia!

    We define onomatopoeia as “the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its reference.” Or, if you prefer, “the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical, dramatic, or poetic effect.” In the pop culture realm of 1960s television, no one made better use of the onomatopoeia concept for dramatic effect …

  10. A Lyrical Look At Grammy “Song Of The Year” Hopefuls

    The 2017 Grammy Awards – the glitzy extravaganza honoring the best and brightest in the music industry—are Sunday night on CBS. Music is an emotional thing, and it can reach you in different ways. Sometimes it’s the music of the song, and sometimes the lyrics themselves speak to you. They might remind you of something happening in the here and now, and other times the …