In Fall of Hyperion, the Core AI Ummon periodically interjects his koans and oddly-formatted comments with [Kwatz!] What does this mean? Is it a made-up expletive? If so, why would a computer ...
Why are Death-Eaters called Death-Eaters? What does their name mean?
I know it's first uttered in Cameron's Aliens (1986). Once. It's a word that seems was coined for the movie itself, but one constructed of well-known root words that seem to mean "alien-shaped". In ...
The title pretty much says it all. I see in this article an in-universe explanation, but I'm thinking more out of universe, from an original writing and production point of view. Any Whovian can ...
I've heard a few ways of describing such a fantastical beast, but I don't know which is correct. They are known as both Alicorns (Ali supposedly from ala (wing) and Corn meaning horn), as well as ...
By the early 17th century the term Uriankhai was a general Mongolian term for all the dispersed bands to the north-west, whether Samoyed, Turkic, or Mongolian in origin. I was wondering if there ...
What is the etymology of the name Voldemort? He's the main antagonist character from the Harry Potter books.
In Kate Elliot's Cold Magic, set in an alternate-history Earth, there are two kinds of marriage; the long-term sort we think of when we hear the term, and a temporary marriage called a "Flower ...
Where does the phrase "on the gripping hand" come from and what does it mean in the context of that work? I'll add that I just finished reading The Mote in God's Eye and this is not the origin of the ...