Literature and Language

Literature includes written works of an imaginative, journalistic or scholarly nature. Language is a system of spoken and written symbols by means of which people can communicate with each other. We invite you to ask and answer questions about languages and literature; including pronunciation, grammar, definitions, examples, acronyms, abbreviations, etc.

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Definitions

What is a 'happening' and give an example of a happening today?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"'Happenings' are a form of participatory new media art, emphasizing an interaction between the performer and the audience."

"Happenings take place anywhere, from basements to studio lofts and even street alley ways..."

An example of a modern happening would be the popular interactive comedy "Shear Madness", in which, after an introductory sequence that leads up to an unseen murder, the audience takes part in questioning the actors and ultimately takes a vote to determine "whodunnit". Whomever the audience declares is the murderer assumes the role of murderer, confessing to the crime and explaining how it was perpetrated as if it were a written role (when in truth any of the actors could have been the murderer, by how the audience voted). The show is based heavily in improvisation, and is defined primarily by the audience.

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Literature and Language
Mythology
Greek and Roman Mythologies
Hades (Pluto)
Demeter (Ceres)
Persephone (Proserpina)

Demeter vows that she will not let fruit grow on the earth until Persephone is returned?

Yes. That was why there was a giant famine.

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Prefixes Suffixes and Root Words

What does the root word onymna mean?

it means name

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Essays

Sir Roger at the theatre Joseph Addison?

i think it mean that sir roger gonna theatre with his friend joeseph to watch

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Baby Names
Nursing

What are good nurse names?

Denise

Christina

Debbie

Abigail(Abby)

Georgia

Savannah

Angela(Angie)

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Definitions

What do you call a person who cannot speak?

You call them 'mute'.

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Sentence and Word Structure

What is a word formation made up of?

yoo

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Authors, Poets, and Playwrights

What contributions did Alexandre Dumas make?

Alexandre Dumas contributed to literature in the Romanticism and Hostorical Fiction movements. Some of his notable works include The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.He also wrote the Marie Antoinette romances.

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Literary Terminology

What is the purpose of dramatic foil?

A foil is a character placed beside the protagonist to bring out his or her qualities. For instance, if one character (the foil) treats someone poorly and the protagonist treats the same person well, the compassion of the main character is more noticeable.

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What does in Comanche native tongue a ha alonney cha mean in the movie Mclintock mean?

see ya at Walmart and get me a coffee

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Idioms, Cliches, and Slang

What does cold as a wedge mean?

It is an expression or a phrase used to describe unconsciousness, dead or unfeeling, basically anything that is "cold"

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Famous Quotations

Who said the evil that men does live after them?

the men

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Literary Terminology

What is the difference between Gothic and grotesque literature?

Gothic literature is usually a combination of horror and romance, begun in the mid 1760's. It can also refer to literature from that time period. Grotesque literature features horror as well, but could be from any time period, and might contain different elements than Gothic.

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Environmental Issues
Architecture

How do skyscrapers affect the environment?

They affect the environment lots of ways, for example, building a skyscraper where you can plant a tree can definently affect the environment or a controlled demolitions can cause debris and dust take away some fresh air.

If we build up rather than out, thereby increasing the population density of an area, some of the effects are:

(1) Land is available for use other than housing the people who live or work in the skyscraper and for businesses that are quartered there.

(2) Some services, such as water supply, waste disposal, food delivery, retail goods, and repair services, are more efficiently provided.

(3) Mass transit--if that goal is sought--is feasible, as it is not in rural, sparsely populated areas.

(4) Health facilities and educational services can be more advanced, more varied, and more accessible than they are in rural areas.

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English to French

What is 'party' when translated from English to French?

"Party" in English is fête or soirée in French.

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Definitions

What does hanaca mean?

, the written form of the Catalan language word is hanaca

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Word Games

How do you call something that comes twice a year?

bi means two and annual means year so biannual is twice a year. __ As distinct from biennial which means every two years.

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Psychology
Sociology

Is culture the foundation of communication?

What comes closer to being true is that communication is the foundation of culture.

I think cultures shifts the communication because culture constitutes traditions, location, beliefs, history, and many other factors that impact the way people communicate. When i was studying international communications, I was amazed how much your culture effect your communication styles. Also, I'm married to Russian lady, and when we just started chatting on dream'marriage, I was shocked how much collectivist cultures dependent on relations and connections cuz in the US it all about individual rights and perspectives.

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Languages and Cultures

How does your language reflect who you are?

It obviates your level of education, state of mind & emotions. For starters, that is...

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William Shakespeare

What conventions did Shakespeare use when writing his plays?

Very few. The only convention which he adheres to strictly is the convention that an actor should not exit at the end of one scene and enter at the beginning of the next. When the action is continuous, you can see how that might be useful.

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Definitions

What is the meaning of precipitating incident?

Human emotions were considered in classical period due to humors in the human blood which had to be purged. The Greeks also believed in purging the human emotions in catharsis as in a tragedy, to move through hamartia to precipitate or in purging the emotions.

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Literary Terminology

What is another name for a long detailed account?

Another name for a long detailed account is a saga.

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Books and Literature

When is the fry chronicles coming out in paperback?

I was in Waterstones in Belfast yesterday (20 Sep, 2010) and they were selling a paperback version. It was one of the larger paperbacks, however, and cost around £15 - though they had signs saying it was half price.

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The Difference Between

What is the difference between worry and fret?

worry(noun) is a state of the mind in anxiety,apprehensions,misgivings,fear etc while fret(verb) is the action to fuss /to care, to worry (verb)

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