Monday, December 04, 2006

Vocabulary!

I'm not embarrassed to accept (well, a little) that I've read these words during college and grad school and I've never known exactly what they mean. But now, I know.

Vis-Ã -vis from the French language, literally "face to face", is:

* A type of carriage where the occupants face each other
* The term is also used when describing things "(in) relation to" one another.

Mis-en-scene: Putting into the scene.

Diaspora: The term diaspora (in Greek, means "a scattering or sowing of seeds") is used (without capitalization) to refer to any people or ethnic population forced or induced to leave their traditional ethnic homelands; being dispersed throughout other parts of the world, and the ensuing developments in their dispersal and culture.

Zeitgeist ((audio) (help·info)) is originally a German expression that means "the spirit (Geist) of the time (Zeit)". It denotes the intellectual and cultural climate of an era. The German pronunciation of the word is [ˈtsa͡ɪtga͡ɪst] (IPA).

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