November 30, 2016 • What is the meaning of the song "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones? An interpretation and analysis of the song lyrics reveals the importance of the Vietnam War in "Paint it Black."
July 14, 2016 • culture What is the meaning and history of dream catchers? What are the origins, legend and story behind the dreamcatcher?
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.
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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.
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.
What is the meaning of artist Edward Hopper's diner painting Nighthawks? The scene seems to come straight out of classic Hollywood film noir.
What is the meaning of Guernica, the 1937 mural by Pablo Picasso? Spain and bullfighting influence the meaning of this famous anti war painting.
What does Siouxsie and the Banshees' post punk music have to do with anti Nazi Berlin Dada art? Everything!
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.
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!
What is the meaning of Stonehenge? While theories abound, the true meaning and purpose of Stonehenge remains largely a mystery.
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?
What is the meaning of the song "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones? An interpretation and analysis of the song lyrics reveals the importance of the Vietnam War in "Paint it Black."
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.
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.
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?
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.
What does the word W.A.S.T.E. mean or stand for? Radiohead and Thomas Pynchon both have used the word.
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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.
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 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.0
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.