Technology / Television (TV) / Motivation: In narrative structure, a catalyst that starts the story's progression--a reason for the story to begin (usually a character's lack or desire).


Entertainment / Literature / Character: Any representation of an individual being presented in a dramatic or narrative work through extended dramatic or verbal representation. The reader can interpret characters as endowed with moral and di MORE

The Other World

Entertainment / Literature / The Other World: A motif in folklore and mythology in which an alternative world exists in conjunction with the physical world. This world is typically occupied by mysterious or unknowable beings that resemble humanit MORE


Business / Finance / Burnout: Depletion of a tax shelter's benefits. In the context of mortgage backed securities it refers to the percentage of the pool that has prepaid their mortgage. MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Hamartia: A term from Greek tragedy that literally means 'missing the mark.' Originally applied to an archer who misses the target, a hamartia came to signify a tragic flaw, especially a misperception, a lack o MORE


Science / Psychiatry / Abulia: A lack of will or motivation which is often expressed as inability to make decisions or set goals. Quite often, the reduction in impulse to action and thought is coupled with an indifference or lack o MORE

Modern Portfolio Theory

Business / Finance / Modern Portfolio Theory: Principles underlying the analysis and evaluation of rational portfolio choices based on risk-return trade-offs and efficient diversification. MORE