Left forearm is horizontal, with left hand touching right elbow, right forearm is vertical and the right hand raised in a fist held above shoulder with the palm facing inward. The motion of inserting the left hand into the right elbow while raising the right fist is important. [more inside]
posted by kickback
on Oct 19, 2013 -
In Spamalot, King Arthur sings "I'm All Alone". At one point, he says: We must be lonely side by side / It's a perfect way to hide
. What do these lyrics mean? [more inside]
posted by smyles7
on Sep 15, 2013 -
After years of depression and self-medication I'm trying to live a better life. What should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 25, 2013 -
I really like metaphors and I really like song lyrics. Every once in a while I run across a particular type of cleverly extended metaphor in a song lyric. I'm trying to develop this idea a bit and looking for more examples of this particular thing. I've included some explanatory examples I've found. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Jun 22, 2013 -
I design a newsletter for a group with an interest in religious ecumenism, and have chosen a Muslim calligraphic motif to illustrate an article about a lecture on Islam – but I want to know what it means. [more inside]
posted by zadcat
on Apr 1, 2013 -
How can I give my fiance a wedding band that matches what he wants (simple white gold comfort fit band) special in some way? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Jan 11, 2013 -
If you think human rationality, and efforts to ‘predict and control’ are, together, shaky ground for ethics, what’s left? [more inside]
posted by nelljie
on Nov 20, 2012 -
Does this symbol
mean anything? It's like a circle superimposed on a cloverleaf symbol (⌘), except that the loops are pointed on the ends. [more inside]
posted by Ery
on Jul 26, 2012 -
From "The Call of the Wild".-The sled was broken out. Men were holding their breaths,intensely unconscious of the fact.- Some classmates claim that the fact means that men were holding their breaths, not that the sled was broken. I can't talk them over to my point of view that the fact is that the sled was broken because only my intuition tells me so... How could you persuade them as a native speaker? Or are they correct?
posted by mizukko
on Jul 9, 2012 -
What language/meaning does this expression have: 花 鳥 風 月?
posted by mooselini
on Jun 22, 2012 -
After years of escapism, how to anchor life to meaning (or vice versa?) when almost four years of research hasn't amounted to anything? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 10, 2012 -
Non-Christian interpretations of the saying/mantra "Surrender to Grace" - are there - if so, where? Can anyone tell me anything else about this phrase. As in depth and from as many angles and philosophies as possible. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume
on Mar 6, 2012 -
What is the significance of a symbol that was everywhere in the '90s? It consisted of a vaguely heart-shaped urn-like thing with an open top and flames coming out of the top. If memory serves, there were usually Xs across the widest point of the heart, and sometimes flames in the background. I remember this from the sleeve art for Celebrity Skin
(Courtney Love is wearing a tee shirt with the symbol) and from the old House of Blues logo
. What is this symbol called, and what does it mean?
posted by pxe2000
on Dec 21, 2011 -
Can you "ascend" a horizontal "walkway"? No? Then how does one describe this action in a single word? [more inside]
posted by phonebia
on Apr 20, 2011 -
A guy in Tallinn pointed at me and said something that sounded like "satavaziru!" (emphasis on the "zi" syllable). What might that mean? [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru
on Apr 13, 2011 -
Is there a name for the sort of radical skepticism that results from accepting Kripke's interpretation of Wittgenstein but rejecting his solution to the rule-following paradox? [more inside]
posted by 256
on Dec 15, 2010 -
Help me understand the metaphor behind the "monster" in Danny Boyle's "Sunshine." I found this a stunning film, but the appearance of the "zombie" took my experience off-track and genre-shifted it. I understand that this was a significant element, but why? And what does it signify (for you?) I watched it years ago, and it's still bugging me!
posted by andreinla
on Oct 12, 2010 -
What exactly is Colin Meloy saying when he singing "When wilt thou trouble the waters in the cistern" in the song "A Bower Scene" on the album "The Hazards Of Love"? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed
on Sep 29, 2010 -
My life has been running out of control for almost unimaginably long time. I am 'technically' a university student but I have been so unengaged and worried about my degree course and university the past year that that affiliation or 'student' label does not really apply. So in any other sense I am unemployed. Although I recognize the need for purpose, disciple and structure in day-to-day life, I fail to impose this upon myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 26, 2010 -
Finding the network of different associated meanings across different languages? [more inside]
posted by kradeki
on Jul 30, 2010 -
Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming
the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Feb 24, 2010 -
I am looking for translations for the words "twin" and "sister". I have used babelfish and other sites but really want the pronunciation not just foreign writings I can't decipher. Also, translations in other languages not listed such as different Native American tribal translations. Help?!
posted by madmamasmith
on Oct 14, 2009 -
I sometimes see decorative piles of stones in front of --primarily rural-- homes.
I like the effect very much. I wonder if there is an historical meaning or symbolism to these stone piles or if it is merely an enhancement.
posted by psc1860
on Jul 25, 2009 -
Are they any sentences that can be said in one language, but also understood in a different language (albeit with a different meaning)? [more inside]
posted by devnull
on Jul 7, 2009 -
Is there a word or term that expresses the following concept more accurately than "rename"? [more inside]
posted by Tube
on Jun 17, 2009 -
Ethiopia/Amharic Filter: I created a vacation video of my trip to Ethiopia and used the song, Mekeyershin Salawq
by the famous Ethiopian singer Alemayehu Eshete. What is the song about? (Link to song inside) [more inside]
posted by cptspalding
on May 25, 2009 -
Seeking advice about a quote from Hebrews 10:23, which states "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." This is from one of the books of the New Testament (Epistle to the Hebrews).
posted by iamkimiam
on Nov 29, 2008 -
What resources are available to investigate the meaning of a philosophical term in ancient Greek? I'm looking for something far more detailed than just a dictionary or a translation of a passage--I'd like to be aware of the shades of meaning and nuances of use, historical baggage, etc. In case some context is helpful, there are a couple of Greek terms that might be useful as metaphors in a dissertation, but I want to make sure that I know all the ways that the terms might be taken when designing the metaphor. The catch is that I don't speak any Greek, either ancient or modern; however, resources in English, French, Spanish, and German are all options.
posted by philosophygeek
on Nov 24, 2008 -
I am looking for interesting uses of the prefix 'mu' (無) in Japanese. I want to find an example of mu's general use that attains to its meaning as -less or an absence of. The example I have currently, 無線 'musen' meaning 'wireless', is a little boring. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Aug 8, 2008 -
I have almost finished my degree in computer science, and soon the Real Word awaits. I still have no idea what I'd like to be doing with my life. So, for those who have been able to find meaning and fulfillment in their jobs: how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by koenie
on Feb 19, 2008 -
Sermon Illustration (preferably a movie) for questioning the meaning/purpose of life, or the idea of having a "new life" or renewed spirit. [more inside]
posted by kraigory
on Jul 22, 2007 -
Lady Li posted a question (2 below this one) searching for this quote...
"Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-delusion – in the long run, these are the only people who count."
How do I become one of those people who count?
posted by crewshell
on Jun 15, 2007 -
I'm unhappy with my job, it's affect on my life, and where it's taking me. How do I find out what it is I really want in life and start doing it? [more inside]
posted by Waffle_King
on Apr 24, 2007 -
A year or so ago, a popular meme circulating via email was an illustration of how the brain can read through text with egregious typos. It was a passage rife with reversed, ommitted, or superfluous letters, but was perfectly readable. Can anyone come up with it? Thanmks!
posted by jimmyjimjim
on Apr 16, 2007 -
How does one live a meaningful life in a world that one has come to believe is meaningless? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 3, 2007 -
A paraphrased quote: 'As one creates (writes?), it's meaning is known to only two - himself and God. When one finishes, the meaning is only known to God.'
So, where did this quote derive from? Who originally said it? [more inside]
posted by evadery
on Jan 5, 2007 -
What are the lyrics of the Metric song Police and the Private
about? Drug addiction? Prostitution? Post-9/11 security? I have listened to it 50 times and it's driving me completely nuts; I can't figure it out. The last lines seems to undo the above meanings.
posted by luriete
on Nov 23, 2006 -