Arts & Entertainment

  1. Poetic Foot vs. Meter

    Poetry has a lot of moving parts. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re starting to explore poetic analysis. Poetic foot and meter are a great place to start. Once you have these basics down, the rest becomes a lot easier. A poetic foot is a unit of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry. Poetic meter refers to the number of feet …

  2. The Other Kind of Apostrophe

    When you hear apostrophe, you probably think of this ’, right? Today, we’re talking about the literary device, which is completely different. A literary apostrophe is when a speaker addresses an absent party as if they were present. Literary apostrophes are great for conveying emotion. They allow the speaker more expression and offer a better view of the their inner thoughts and feelings. In Greek, …

  3. Why Is It Called a Blockbuster?

    Do you consider yourself a movie buff? The 74th Golden Globe awards aired on January 8, and the nominations for Best Drama, Best Musical or Comedy, and Best Animated Film got us thinking—is Deadpool a drama or a comedy? And on that note, why do we often call superhero movies and summertime smash hits “blockbusters“? The linguistic origins of the blockbuster are fittingly militaristic, since …

  4. What’s the Big Idea, Thesis Statement?

    A thesis statement is a short summary of the main idea, purpose, or argument of an essay that usually appears in the first paragraph. It’s generally only one or two sentences in length. A strong thesis statement is the backbone of a well-organized paper, and helps you decide what information is most important to include and how it should be presented. This thesis statement, for …

  5. The Force at Work: Star Wars Words

    Words for a galaxy far, far away… The conversations are flowing, and the debates are raging: Do we call Rogue One: A Star Wars Story a stand-alone? A spin-off? A prequel? An offshoot? A sequel? All of the above? Whether you’re a dedicated contributor to Wookieepedia or just proud of yourself for knowing what a Wookiee is, there are some great words at work in a galaxy …

  6. Sweets to the Sweet: 12 Shakespeare Valentines Just For You

  7. All the World’s a Stage: 8 Theatrical Terms

  8. 7 Band Names Defined: Go Gaga for Nirvana

  9. Catch the Real Words in this Pokémon Quiz

    Will you be able to catch all of the real words hiding among the Pokémon? Let us know how you did!

  10. 7 Words with Real Character