"An Italian-American word originally meaning an ill-mannered, unkempt pig-man (or woman). Based on italian cultural concepts like making a good show of yourself and an obsession with cleanliness. The word comes from the Italian "cafone", which sounds to an english-speaker as 'Gaw-Vone' when spoken with a southern Italian accent.
Now it's used mostly by Italian-Americans to mean 'trashy' Italians, the ones who didn't give up on their culture and become like white american people. Lately I've heard it directed at the Sopranos characters and the Guidos from Jersey Shore."
"In human anatomy (female), the Skene's glands (also known as the lesser vestibular glands, periurethral glands, skene glands, paraurethral glands,1 female prostate) are glands located on the anterior wall of the vagina, around the lower end of the urethra. They drain into the urethra and near the urethral opening and may be near or a part of the G-spot. These glands are surrounded with tissue, which includes the part of the clitoris that reaches up inside the vagina and swells with blood during sexual arousal."
Elective Affinities (German: Die Wahlverwandtschaften), also translated under the title Kindred by Choice, is the third novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1809. The title is taken from a scientific term once used to describe the tendency of chemical species to combine with certain substances or species in preference to others. The novel is based on the metaphor of human passions being governed or regulated by the laws of chemical affinity, and examines whether or not the science and laws of chemistry undermine or uphold the institution of marriage, as well as other human social relations.
In the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan, objet petit a (object little-a) stands for the unattainable object of desire. It is sometimes called the object cause of desire. Lacan always insisted that the term should remain untranslated, "thus acquiring the status of an algebraic sign." (Écrits).
'The "a" in question stands for "autre" (other), the concept having been developed out of the Freudian "object" and Lacan's own exploitation of "otherness."
"n. something, such as a commercial undertaking, a story franchise, or a fictional character, that serves as primary support (for a company, television program, etc.), especially a blockbuster movie which compensates for a studio’s flops."
"Tsundere (ツンデレ?) (Japanese pronunciation: tsɯndeɽe) is a Japanese character development process which describes a person who is initially cold and even hostile towards another person before gradually showing their warm side over time. The word is derived from the terms Tsun Tsun (ツンツン?) , meaning to turn away in disgust, and Dere Dere (デレデレ?) meaning to become 'lovey dovey'.1 Originally found in Japanese bishōjo games, the word is now part of the otaku moe phenomenon,2 reaching into other media such as maid cafes,2 anime, manga, novels, and even mass media.citation needed The term was made popular in the game Kimi ga Nozomu Eien.1"
"The Overton window, in political theory, describes a "window" in the range of public reactions to ideas in public discourse, in a spectrum of all possible options on a particular issue. It is named after its originator, Joseph P. Overton1, former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy."
Hurf durf occurs when someone goes on a long-winded tangent about something that is universally insignificant but is present in the original poster's mind and is EXTREMELY important to that person. A declaration of hurf durf is generally directly followed by an ad hominem or general attack on the idea which was proposed. Most often occurrences of hurf durf are unreasonable demands to alter a law or game mechanic so it will serve the needs of a very specific group, leaving all others effected at a disadvantage. In real life, Calls for laws to consider obesity a physical handicap would be considered hurf durf because obesity is a self-inflicted condition and penalizing the rest of the population with higher taxes because fatty can't put down the donuts would be generally unreasonable. In a gaming context, requests for a buff or nerf that would make one specific item or class unreasonably superior would be considered hurf durf, as it would destroy balance in the said game.
A poète maudit (French: accursed poet) is a poet living a life outside or against society. Abuse of drugs and alcohol, insanity, crime, violence, and in general any societal sin, often resulting in an early death are typical elements of the biography of a poète maudit.
The first poète maudit, and its prototype, was François Villon (1431 - c. 1474) but the phrase wasn't coined until the beginning of the 19th century by Alfred de Vigny in his 1832 drama Stello, in which he calls the poet "la race toujours maudite par les puissants de la terre" (The race which will always be cursed by the powerful ones of the earth). Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud are considered typical examples. Lautréamont is also considered as a poète maudit.
Fridge Logic has been the writer's-room term for these little Internal Consistency issues for a good while, as in "Don't sweat the fridge logic, we've got bigger fish to fry. We've only got 20 minutes left to work in three costume changes, a foreign language, and a weird wig."
Gestus, as the embodiment of an attitude, carries at least two distinct meanings in Brecht's theatre: firstly, the uncovering or revealing of the motivations and transactions that underpin a dramatic exchange between the characters; secondly, the "epic" narration of that character by the actor (whether explicitly or implicitly).
In the first sense, that of anatomizing the character, a Gestus reveals a specific aspect of a character: rather than his metaphysical, subconscious or other psychological dimensions, a Gestus makes visible a character's social relations and the causality of his behaviour, as interpreted from an historical materialist perspective. "Every emotion" when treated under the rubric of Gestus, Elizabeth Wright explains, "manifests itself as a set of social relations."2 "For it is what happens between people," Brecht insists, "that provides them with all the material that they can discuss, criticize, alter."
From the Greek Eidos (εἶδος), meaning "image," "form," or "shape." It also can have the meaning of "essence", as in Husserlian phenomenology's "eidetic reduction", which is a method for finding the essential characteristics of our experience of objects.
A French word which derives from the verb jouir meaning to have pleasure in, to enjoy, to appreciate, to savour; with a secondary meaning, as in English, of having rights and pleasures in the use of, as in the phrases “she enjoyed good health�?, “she enjoyed a considerable fortune�?, and “all citizens enjoy the right of freedom of expression�?. The derived noun, jouissance, has three current meanings in French: it signifies an extreme or deep pleasure; it signifies sexual orgasm; and in law, it signifies having the right to use something, as in the phrase avoir la jouissance de quelque chose. The word becomes relevant to cultural and literary studies through its usage by the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan to signify the condition or bliss, arrival, merging with the other, which can be associated with orgasm but also the obtention of any particularly desired object or condition - for the explorer, arriving at the North Pole perhaps. Jouissance, for Lacan, is not a purely pleasurable experience but arises through augmenting sensation to a point of discomfort (as in the sexual act, where the cry of passion is at times indistinguishable from the cry of pain), or as in running a marathon. Such experiences, as Freud recognised in his essay “Beyond the Pleasure Principle�? (1920), seem to come close to death, and in Freud’s theory imply an urge to regress to the inorganic state that preceded life. For Lacan, on the other hand, jouissance seems to imply a desire to abolish the condition of lack (la manque) to which we are condemned by our acceptance of the signs of the symbolic order in place of the Real.
noun 1 a false pretext concealing someone’s real intentions. 2 a candidate for the leadership of a political party who stands only in order to provoke an election and thus allow a stronger candidate to come forward.
An attractive, boyish-looking, young gay man. The stereotypical twink is 18-22, slender with little or no body hair, often blonde, dresses in club wear even at 10:00 AM, and is not particularly intelligent. A twink is the gay answer to the blonde bimbo cheerleader.
There are two major theories about the origin of this word, both of which probably have elements of truth to them.
a) Twink comes from an acronym T.W.I.N.K. "Teenage, White, Into No Kink."
b) Twink is a shortening of the name for the famous "TWINKIE" snack cake: a tasty, cream-filled snack with no nutritional value. The phallic shape of the "TWINKIE" snack cake should not escape the reader's attention.
a term used since the 1870s to describe a political manifestation of the will to reverse territorial losses incurred by a country, often following a war. Revanchism draws its strength from patriotic and retributionist thought and is often motivated by economic or geo-political factors. Extreme revanchist ideologues often represent a hawkish stance, suggesting that desired objectives can be reclaimed in the positive outcome of another war.
o⋅ver⋅set v. oh-ver-set; n. oh-ver-set Show IPA verb, -set, -set⋅ting, noun –verb (used with object) 1. to upset or overturn; overthrow. 2. to throw into confusion; disorder physically or mentally. –verb (used without object) 3. to become upset, overturned, or overthrown. 4. Printing. a. (of type or copy) to set in or to excess. b. (of space) to set too much type for. –noun 5. the act or fact of oversetting; upset; overturn. 6. Also called overmatter. Printing. matter set up in excess of space. Origin:
–noun 1. a hole in the ground, protected opening in bushes, etc., into which an animal can flee when pursued or frightened. 2. a place or avenue of escape or refuge: The remote mountain village was a safe bolt-hole for refugees during the war.
–noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Jewish Cookery. turnovers or pockets of noodle dough filled with any of several mixtures, as kasha or chopped chicken livers, usually boiled, and served in soup.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyle "In philosophy, hyle (�?λη) (pronounced /ˈhaɪli/) refers to matter or stuff. It can also be the material cause underlying a change in Aristotelian philosophy. The Greeks originally had no word for matter in general, as opposed to raw material suitable for some specific purpose or other, so Aristotle adapted the word for "lumber" for this purpose. The idea that everything physical is made of the same basic substance holds up well under modern science, although it may be thought of more in terms of energy or matter/energy.1"
Interpellation is a concept of Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser to describe the process by which ideology addresses the (abstract) pre-ideological individual thus effectively producing him or her as subject proper. Henceforth, Althusser goes against the classical definition of the subject as cause and substance: in other words, the situation always precedes the (individual or collective) subject, which precisely as subject is "always-already interpellated." Althusser's argument here strongly draws from Jacques Lacan's concept of the Mirror stage and reveals obvious parallels with the work of his former student Michel Foucault in its antihumanist insistence on the secondary status of the subject as mere effect of social relations and not vice versa. Interpellation specifically involves the moment and process of recognition of interaction with the ideology at hand.
In history, film, television and other media, a flashback (also called analepsis) is an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point the story has reached. Flashbacks are often used to recount events that happened prior to the story’s primary sequence of events or to fill in crucial backstory. In the opposite direction, a flashforward (or prolepsis) reveals events that will occur in the future. The technique is used to create suspense in a story, or develop a character. In literature, internal analepsis is a flashback to an earlier point in the narrative; external analepsis is a flashback to before the narrative started.