Dreamcatcher Meaning: History, Legend & Origins of Dream Catchers

Dreamcatcher Meaning: History, Legend & Origins of Dream Catchers

July 14, 2016 • What is the meaning and history of dream catchers? What are the origins, legend and story behind the dreamcatcher?

Meaning of Radiohead's Kid A

Meaning of Radiohead's Kid A "Bear" Art: Inspired by Charles Burchfield?

July 12, 2016 music What is the meaning of the Radiohead bear art? The Kid A bear logo has become a symbol of Radiohead itself and may have been inspired by American artist Charles Burchfield.

Game of Thrones: Hall of Faces

Game of Thrones: Hall of Faces

June 10, 2016 tv Why did Jon Snow die? Find out why your favorite Game of Thrones characters died in the Hall of Faces.

Mad Men Meaning: The Ending of the Mad Men Series Finale

Mad Men Meaning: The Ending of the Mad Men Series Finale

March 25, 2016 tv What did the end of the AMC TV series Mad Men mean? Why does Don Draper smile? Who made the Coke ad? What is the true meaning of the Mad Men Season 7 finale ending?

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Charles Burchfield Paintings of Houses: Haunted House Pictures?

Charles Burchfield Paintings of Houses: Haunted House Pictures?

Artist Charles Burchfield is known for painting nature landscapes, but his uncanny house paintings of haunted houses with faces are some of Burchfield's most interesting art.

American Gothic Meaning: Grant Wood Painting Interpretation & Analysis

American Gothic Meaning: Grant Wood Painting Interpretation & Analysis

What is the meaning of the painting American Gothic (1930) by Grant Wood? Interpretation and analysis of this famous example of 20th century American regional art.

Edward Hopper Nighthawks Diner Painting Meaning & Film Noir Analysis

Edward Hopper Nighthawks Diner Painting Meaning & Film Noir Analysis

What is the meaning of artist Edward Hopper's diner painting Nighthawks? The scene seems to come straight out of classic Hollywood film noir.

Guernica Meaning: Analysis & Interpretation of Painting by Pablo Picasso

Guernica Meaning: Analysis & Interpretation of Painting by Pablo Picasso

What is the meaning of Guernica, the 1937 mural by Pablo Picasso? Spain and bullfighting influence the meaning of this famous anti war painting.

Siouxsie & The Banshees Metal Postcard, John Heartfield Photomontage Art

Siouxsie & The Banshees Metal Postcard, John Heartfield Photomontage Art

What does Siouxsie and the Banshees' post punk music have to do with anti Nazi Berlin Dada art? Everything!

Meaning & Analysis: Starry Night Over the Rhone by Vincent Van Gogh

Meaning & Analysis: Starry Night Over the Rhone by Vincent Van Gogh

What does Starry Night Over the Rhone mean? The meaning of Starry Night is often debated and analyzed, but less attention is given to the meaning behind Starry Night Over the Rhone, one of Van Gogh’s first “starry night” paintings.

Matryoshka Nesting Dolls: Meaning of Russian Wooden Stacking Doll

Matryoshka Nesting Dolls: Meaning of Russian Wooden Stacking Doll

What is the meaning and history of the Russian Matryoshka nesting doll? Learn more about the fascinating souvenir and folk art stacking doll from Russia!

Stonehenge Meaning: Theories, History & Facts About Stonehenge

Stonehenge Meaning: Theories, History & Facts About Stonehenge

What is the meaning of Stonehenge? While theories abound, the true meaning and purpose of Stonehenge remains largely a mystery.

Meaning: Red Carved Wooden Dalecarlian Dala Horse from Dalarna, Sweden

Meaning: Red Carved Wooden Dalecarlian Dala Horse from Dalarna, Sweden

The wooden Dala horse (also known as a Dalecarlian horse) is an example of Swedish folk art, but what is the meaning and history behind these painted carved toy horses from Sweden?

music

Meaning of Radiohead's Kid A

Meaning of Radiohead's Kid A "Bear" Art: Inspired by Charles Burchfield?

What is the meaning of the Radiohead bear art? The Kid A bear logo has become a symbol of Radiohead itself and may have been inspired by American artist Charles Burchfield.

Viva la Vida Meaning: Coldplay, Delacroix & Frida Kahlo Watermelons

Viva la Vida Meaning: Coldplay, Delacroix & Frida Kahlo Watermelons

What does 'Viva la Vida' mean in English in the Coldplay 2008 album and song lyrics? The meaning of Viva la Vida comes back to the watermelons paintings by Frida Kahlo and the cover art of the Delacroix painting Liberty Leading the People.

Songs About Religious Doubt & Faith by Non

Songs About Religious Doubt & Faith by Non "Christian" Music Artists

There's probably a lot of people out there who can't stand most religious music made by "Christian" music artists. Why is it so hard to find not just good songs about faith, but also songs about doubt?

Radiohead Like Spinning Plates Lyrics Meaning & the Rwanda Genocide

Radiohead Like Spinning Plates Lyrics Meaning & the Rwanda Genocide

The song lyrics to Radiohead's song 'Like Spinning Plates' contain hidden meaning and references to a Classical Greek play and the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

W.A.S.T.E. Meaning: Radiohead and Thomas Pynchon's Crying of Lot 49

W.A.S.T.E. Meaning: Radiohead and Thomas Pynchon's Crying of Lot 49

What does the word W.A.S.T.E. mean or stand for? Radiohead and Thomas Pynchon both have used the word.

Is Sufjan Stevens Gay, Married or Christian?

Is Sufjan Stevens Gay, Married or Christian?

Is Sufjan Stevens gay? Married? Christian? You wonder about a hot, sensitive young singer songwriter who wears angel wings at live shows and who doesn’t seem to have a girlfriend.

Meaning of Radiohead OK Computer Song

Meaning of Radiohead OK Computer Song "True Love Waits"

True Love Waits meaning: What is the meaning of the Radiohead OK Computer True Love Waits Song lyrics?

Radiohead Meaning, Atoms for Peace Band Name & Eisenhower Speech

Radiohead Meaning, Atoms for Peace Band Name & Eisenhower Speech

What is the meaning of the band name 'Radiohead'? What does 'Atoms for Peace' mean? Both of Thom Yorke's bands names have hidden meaning.

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor "All the Rowboats" Lyrics Meaning & Row Boat Paintings

What is the meaning of Regina Spektor's song 'All the Rowboats'? Find out what meaning Winslow Homer's rowboat paintings add to the song lyrics!

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What is a hapax legomenon? What is its significance?

What is the definition of the hapax legomenon? In Greek, hapax legomenon means "something said only once" and refers to any word that appears in a text or work of literature only one time. A hapax legomenon is usually a nonce word, or a word created by the author on an occasion when no other word can communicate the proper meaning given the context. Hapax legomena are not so significant or common in modern, easily translatable literature, but are very important in relation to the Bible and other old, historical texts needing to be translated into foreign languages.

Hapax legomena can pose quite a challenge to translators who usually refer to other instances of a word in a text in order to determine the meaning of any given word. If the word is a hapax legomenon and appears only once in the text, the original meaning of the word as intended by the author is almost impossible to decipher. Translators cherry pick a synonym to stand in the place of the nonce word, leaving the original meaning of the hapax legomenon lost in translation.