Deus Ex Machina

We’ve all experienced HORRIBLE movies where they resort to deus ex machina to get out of a mess!
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The deus part is actually pronounced more like dey-oos.. not deoos that I went with in the video.  Sorry about that!


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  1. errin says:

    FINALLY I have some free time to start catching up on my lessons. It’s been so long that I forgot just how clever and entertaining Marina’s videos can be. This one, of course, was no exception. Well done, teach!

    I have always wondered about the term ‘Deus Ex Machina’, and, until now, didn’t realize it was strictly a literary term. I for one can’t stand hackery when it comes to writing, so I would definitely say that Deus Ex Machina is a bad thing. A writer is only limited by their imagination, and if they have to fall back on cheap tricks like deus ex machina, they are simply being lazy and not putting their best into their work. I think that is one of the secrets to Marina’s success… she puts her all into her videos and always makes sure to be creative and clever. No ‘deus ex machina’ here at HotForWords… more like Deus Ex Marina! :lol:

    As for the homework, I don’t think this quite counts as deus ex machina, but it is closely related. What I can’t stand in bad writing (and this usually occurs in bad screenwriting for movies) is when the antagonist is given what seems like invisible supernatural powers just because they are the bad guy. In order to move a hackneyed plot forward, the bad guy ALWAYS shows up at just the right time and always knows just what to do to make things worse for the protagonist. It’s as if the second a character becomes ‘bad’, they are imbued with power that makes them able to trump mere mortals, when in fact all it is is a hack screenwriter relying way to heavily on ‘man vs man’ to move their plot forward.

    An excellent example of this is the truly horrid movie ’16 Blocks’. Now, I am a huge Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan, so I have seen quite a few horrendously bad movies, and 16 Blocks is about as bad as it gets, especially for a big budget movie. When we saw it on DVD, my friends and I mocked the antagonist of the film, dubbing him ‘Super Bad Cop’, as he had the superhuman ability to constantly pop up from behind a vehicle or dark corner to lecture the protagonist on how he was going to fail. It gets so bad that, come the 5th or 6th time it happens in the storyline, one wonders “How does this guy constantly know where his opponent is going to be, and is constantly able to show up at just the right moment to confront him?”.

    In the real world, being the bad guy doesn’t put you on a higher playing field than others. But, in a bad movie, simply adopting the role of the main antagonist means you’ll always be around at just the right time to make things worse for the protagonist, and will be there until the very end of the movie. It’s called paint-by-numbers plotting, formulaic hackery at it’s best… or should I say, worst.

    Thanks for the informative lesson, Marina! Peace and love, Errin : )

    • Greatest Potential says:

      What I can’t stand in bad writing (and this usually occurs in bad screenwriting for movies) is when the antagonist is given what seems like invisible supernatural powers just because they are the bad guy.

      That would be good for the cliché category over at the hotforwords forums.

      I imagine you like The Shadow because you enjoy listening to old radio shows.

      Never could quite figure out if The Shadow was a good guy or a bad guy.

  2. hott4urblog says:

    I would like to request the origin of the phrase FLY OFF THE HANDLE; like how did they ever get that, to say about; like calling someone a liar when indeed they are lying but to say, you (so to speak) are out of line? Just a thought for the day!

    • Evan Owen says:

      Back in my day as a kid, I’d have to split wood for the wood-burning stove and the fireplace. The wood on the old axe handle had shrunk so the axe head would sometimes fly off the handle as I swung the axe, with occasionally disastrous results to people and property. The phrase derives from the shared wood-chopping experience of generations like me, and the analogous damages caused by a person’s uncontrolled anger when they “fly off the handle.” But the origin of the phrase has been lost to a generation who have grown up with thermostats.

      Now where’s the old-geezer emoticon? :evil:

      • leonard says:

        [spinster]…next time, use a splinter to tighten the head on the handel…

        I have got some gnarly knotted Box-elder to split… :x a soldier and burn wood.. :cool: :twisted: hey Evan: what wood do you consider hardest to split?…me think [ELM] :smile: Tree and coal[][][] ECONOMICS for heating house===many houses would have froozen pipes and mass migration to warmer climate :-) old is knew and no not of know…dole living

        • Evan Owen says:

          Hi leonard,

          We used to use a shim or wedge of wood to tighten the handle on the axe-head.

          Hardest for me to split was cottonwood, & too little heat from it from high water content. Easiest to split, cedar, but it burns too fast; best for tinder. Alder splits easily enough, gives a lot of heat, & doesn’t throw sparks when it burns.
          And that’s what I learned as a child in Skykomish. :smile:

      • hott4urblog says:

        Thanks for the info… I kinda knew it was something of the sort I imagine from the days of Early America but wasn’t sure if it had anything to do with Military, Army or Navy; But, thanx again, that makes sense.

  3. Greatest Potential says:

    :| you tell me..

    like is this a first for you…

    have you, um, ever been barryrolled(?)

    • leonard says:

      The Other Mans Grass Is Always Greener
      …The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes 1841-1935from the H*O*TforW*O*R*D*S site :razz: …no known [mercy] :evil:

      • heaven here i come says:

        Was Oliver Wendell Holmes a relation of Sherlock Holmes who. like Marina, always wanted to [investigate], though he was Hot For Crime (and Criminals) , not Hot For Words?!

        • leonard says:

          :lol: [sherlock] :razz: 1836 Poems. A collection of early verse filled with humor, especially as seen in “Ballad of the Oysterman” and “My Aunt,” as well as pathos in “The Last Leaf” and “Old Ironsides.” His first collection of poetry, it is published in the same year that he graduates from Harvard Medical School. John Gorham Palfrey’s review calls Holmes “a man of genius” and expresses hopes that the positive reception of the book would “induce him to come before the public again.”

          born Aug. 29, 1809, Cambridge, Mass., U.S. — died Oct. 7, 1894, Cambridge) U.S. physician, poet, and humourist. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1847 and later became dean of its medical school. He won national acclaim with his poem “Old Ironsides” (1830). From 1857 he published his “Breakfast-Table” essays in The Atlantic Monthly, later republished in such collections as The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858) and The Professor of the Breakfast-Table (1860). Other works include the poem “The Chambered Nautilus” and the novel Elsie Venner (1861). :mrgreen: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., is his son. :oops: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and legal philosopher who has become a celebrated legal figure…
          For more information on Oliver Wendell Holmes, visit

          • Greatest Potential says:

            it’s like magic, hotforwords knows what i want. hot cocoa and stunning babe pics! bless you!

          • Greatest Potential says:

            don’t tell me you missed that teaser pic.. i want to see more of those. styling photographer. co-comment is back again(?) what is that stuff under the comments box(?) never mind. i will figure it out.

      • Greatest Potential says:

        :o what’s with the hostile quote anyway. i’m feeling wimpy mc gee today.

        spread da peace&love around

      • Greatest Potential says:

        not tuned into any of this nationalistic anger that everyone is supposidly suppose to be feeling & wherever it’s suppose to be coming from }i don’t even care{ i want cuddles and hot cocoa.

  4. cuchullain says:

    Evan, LOL!

    Over the top??? (There’s a phrase to study, “over the top”, hint, Marina)

    I really have never seen people get so excited in such numbers. I mean they like Marina, of course, but so much fun in words? We word nerds used to be so very few. Hehehe.

    I’ll try to tone it down, but it is very refreshing.

    • Evan Owen says:

      Hi Cú Chulainn,
      Tone it down?! God forbid! Bob & I would just have to ramp it back up again! :mrgreen:

      Seriously, it’s nice to know someone else here gets the references to the Táin Bó Cuailnge. Our humo(u)r is probably a little obscure for most. :???:

      BTW, have you read Morgan Llywelyn’s Red Branch retelling of the Cú Chulainn epic? :smile:

      • cuchullain says:


        I enjoy obscure humor, you guys are very good at it. Have not only read Red Branch but visit those places quite often as my field requires study in that area. DunDalga, Armach, the site where cuchullain was said to have been tied to the stone as he died, his fight scene with Ferdiad, the fields and duns and sites of towns and centres.

        Fun to tlk to someone who has such off-the-wall knowledge. I use names like Cuchulain, Setanta, and Cu Draoi without usually getting recognition. Nice to meet you.

        • Evan Owen says:

          We had an Irishman here a few months back who called himself “Irish Knight.” He disappeared after I asked him if Tiocfaidh ár lá is Gaelic for “Charles is a barrister.” :mrgreen:

  5. Evan Owen says:

    (Is there an [echo] in here? :???: )
    With problems in both, maybe we need to get our house in order! :wink:

  6. cuchullain says:

    Deus ex Machina? How about God himself at the end of “Time Bandits”?

    Marina, you are wonderful. I have taught philosophy and comparative religious/spiritualist/occult metaphysics for 23 years and have never seen anyone take etymology and philology and make it popular as you have and with such flair! History will show it required a brilliant “nicebecetur” (as you described yourself in your book). Bravo!

    I am buying your book for all of my students to use when we cover the importance of language in philosophical development. You’re great.

  7. thematrix75 says:

    Another Deus Ex Machina would be The A Team.They used alot of these! :lol:

  8. James says:


  9. James says:

    I am considering flying to the states to meet Marina sometime.. But I don’t know if they will let me in because I have a criminal past.. How strict are they?

    • Evan Owen says:

      Pretty strict. I got interrogated at the border for admitting I’d been arrested in a peace march in 1991.

      Just fly to Vancouver BC and meet me at the Peace Arch. Living near Blaine, I know all the trails through the woods across the border. :lol: You can carpool with Captain Jack and me to get to Marina’s Seattle book signing.

  10. James says:

    I swear you have lost a HUGE amount of channel honours Marina, you used to have about 30.

  11. James says:

    I am changing the way I do my videos now… Please all read this


    BTW does anyone know why you can’t see any stats (eg no of favourited) on my latest video?

  12. sensitweety says:

    here comes the word that not spelled in your city Marina. [FUCK] ; really comes from the sound of having it? or not? anyway thats your expertise ( to investigate)…

  13. chuck says:

    :mrgreen: well marina, i would save you anytime.
    you are beutiful, i first saw you on bill o’reilly, on fox,
    perfect i saw you on fox cause you are a FOX.
    take care ……

  14. Capman911 says:

    Marina can we get our borders back?

  15. sethster says:

    Homework: (oh there are so many)

    Even though they are used plainly for laughs, I would have to go with Monty Python’s classic usage of the Deus Ex Machina. Without spoiling their movies (in case somebody hasn’t seen them), I’m specifically referring to Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the “animator”. Another good one is in Life of Brian when Brian is falling to his death.

    Both Star Trek and Batman used them. Star Trek with the last minute “I know!” Batman always seemed to have just the right “tool” for the job. Battlestar Galactica seems to get pretty deep into some messes when suddenly Ron Moore realizes he may run out of time for that episode and something almost miraculous happens.

  16. darlingj says:

    Trying to come up with something to criticize but I’m [stumped] right now.

    I’d compliment your recent photos but I’d just be repeating others.

    The Website looks super-duper great.

    Recent Lessons are very good again.

    Gorby seems like a happy puppy.

    Capman, Jack, and PK & PT9 have the [riff-raff] well in hand.

    There’s that Book I’m still reading for a few more days…

    New Promotion seems Fabulous…

    You may have just taken me out of the Game… :cry:

  17. James says:

    This is what I don’t get. If you type in shew wolf parody I ma halfway down the first results page.. If you type in w995 I am near the top and I got 7000 each on those videos. So, why is it that with the exception of 2 videos, the videos that go on the front page, still don’t get too many views on them?

  18. thoughtforwords says:

    This site is looking reallllyyyyyyyy slick now Marina! I like it!

  19. thoughtforwords says:

    u r funny!

    Hey maybe.. “hoist by your own petard” would be a good one to do too. Along the same line a bit.

  20. originalistrick says:

    My, your legs are so pretty in that pose, Marina.

    [RACKET] – at least 3 usages
    [STRIKE] – at least 5 usages
    [SKIRT] – at least 2 usages
    [JUKE] – at least 2 usages

    Popped into my head. Just wondering.

  21. Venomrock67 says:

    Hi Marina, :smile:
    Word or Phrase request here: The origin of [whack job] or [wack job]. Also which one is the correct spelling? :|

    Here’s a description. :roll:

  22. pedanticKarl says:

    The status of secret smiling George
    is safe and sound in plain view. :smile:

  23. muggins says:

    I learned the electron orbits differently 40 years ago, where the orbits had certain capacities to carry a distinct amount of electrons, as many as six in some orbits, if I recall. I’m getting a strong deja vu while typing this. I’ve done this before? Now, they talk of “orbitals” instead of “orbits”, and the orbitals carry only a pair of electrons. At Wiki, they have graphics of the shape of these orbitals.

  24. neuroway says:

    Da ba dee da ba die. I’m blue :shock:

  25. James says:

    I LOVE YOU GEROGE :smile:

  26. Hs4Mm says:

    My latest lesson Purpose and Career ends with a video request for the origin of those words; it is a little after 5m20s.

  27. Hs4Mm says:

    That’s odd … I thought I saw your “lying down” on this page, but it is gone now!

    • Hs4Mm says:

      It’s back now. When I first saw this video, it did occur to me that you ought to have been lying across the rails, I even kept waiting for such a scene to show up as the video progressed; but it never happened, and I didn’t think to comment on this aspect. The thumbnail makes up for it!

  28. James says:

    Please check my new video

  29. jennipin says:

    Hey Marina, I would like to request the phrase [the coast is clear]
    Thanks a lot :)

  30. common loon says:

    Hi Marina, I would not want to mention anything that someone would watch or read and be upset, so the opposite prime example of deus ex machina in my opinion for a movie would be Samuel L. Jackson in The Negotiator which revolves around an event for the duration of the film. How did it go with Amber? You guys are just having friendly rivalry, I guess?

  31. James says:

    Why is it that although the homepage graphs on youtube tell me I am getting 300 views a day, if I am ever on the most viewed channels list it always shows up as 150 ish, which is accurate

  32. patrickbutton says:

    I’d like to request the word [dreamboat]. My friend had a hot date and someone asked her “Was he a total dreamboat?” and it make me wonder where that word came from.

  33. James says:

    OK My new video is up!!!!

    Please all watch it… I am exhausted. I don’t have the energy to promote it too much today, but please all comment on it!

  34. James says:


    While my video is rendering, I am finally going to reveal why jamesingtonthethird is jamesingtonthethird.

    When I was at school, because I ended up with support from learning assistants, one of them gave nicknames to everything. Her dog was nicknamed bailingtonthethird because he was called Bailey. So she nicknamed me jamesingtonthethird, and I ended up nicknaming her lucilliathesixth, but that also changed to lucilliathethird, Eventually I called my channel jamesingtonthethird and it went from there.

  35. tonyb says:

    I used to call Vincent Price’s 1950′S HOUSE OF WAX a real MASTURBATION CLASSIC, too. Vincent Price had that naked brown haired sedated lovely woman on that table and he was about to give her a hot wax job! He wanted to make her his “Marie Antionette”! A human doll!

  36. leonard says:

    I take up another moment for this word thingy…Egyptian [Pyramids] – A Mars Earth Connection

    [Pyramids]—a scam in the work place for bosses____labor and schools and nepitisms :-) :-) marxs

  37. neuroway says:

    Wow. From a strictly aesthetical perspective, this black skirted pair of upside down legs popping out of the blue today @0:00 is without a doubt totally possessed by our teacher and looks awesomely intelligent. I believe it can be safely said that its academic value should be multiplicated by the time at wich they show up in the video, while its marketing value should be divided by it. The ties to the track have now been loosened, and now it seems to be marinating in front of the camera, ignoring the locomotive in the background about to push it out of the way if it has some speed left and is not stopped on the track. This pair of legs is definitely more intelligent than the skirt topping them!

  38. leonard says:

    [hoi polloi] and how does it relate to September?

  39. dsfoto says:

    Super Teacher always top notch
    on wikipideia i found this The Latin Phrase “deus ex machina”
    day oos ayks mokinah
    literally “god from the machine”) is a plot device in which a person or thing appears “out of the blue” to help a character to overcome a seemingly insolvable difficulty. It is generally considered to be poor storytelling technique.

    can we get this obscure old psuedo latin phrsae
    [ Illegitimus non carborundum ]

  40. Captain Jack says:

    Are you using some new hair conditioner or eating some healthy foods? I love the glowing look of your hair. It’s so shinny. What’s your secret :?:

  41. Rijk says:

    Not wanting to clutter up another topic:
    [ to be Frank ] why Frank ?

  42. soutwest airlines captain nd says:

    Hows it going Mrs. Orlova

    I have a request for you to do some homework on.
    If you could please

    The word is [Matrix], it’s been bugging me all day to know where that word originated from.

    Thanks, hope to see a lesson on that soon.


  43. frenchcuk says:

    request this [deja vue]

  44. mikejaysmith says:

    You would been great tied to the tracks in that strapless yellow dres and glasses!

    Have you ever tried the buzzsaw???

  45. okay4now says:

    Hwk: Many, many plots escape from themselves using deus ex machina, but the worst is too hard to remember; just pick any of the numerous situation comedies that use this on a weekly basis.

  46. MCLIJazz says:

    An example of a Deus Ex Machina is the finale of the 1985-86 season and premiere of the 1986-87 season of “Dallas.” In the 1984-85 finale, Bobby was badly injured in a car accident and died in the hospital. A year later, Bobby returned as the entire season was revealed to be a dream by Pam. This was also parodied in the second season of “Family Guy,” with Patrick Duffy (Bobby) and Victoria Principal (Pam) reprising their roles by with FG references. (They also appeared separately in later episodes as animated characters.)
    By the way, Dennis Miller refers to any hour of his radio show where he takes calls on any topic as “Dennis Ex Machina.” :lol: ;-)

  47. Marina what is the root the word? The {derivative} ?Deus Ex Machina is it Laten, DutchorFrench? :grin: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :roll: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz:

  48. pedanticKarl says:

    Is that the famous Thomas The Tank Engine about to
    run over our very own Perils of Marina in that thumbnail above?
    Well, Dudley PK-Right to the rescue. Mighty Mouse here I come.

    Mr. Thomas Engine never hangs around ♫
    When he hears ♪ this mighty sound…
    “Here I come to save the day!” ♪
    That means that Mighty PK Mouse is on the way.
    Yessir ♫ when there is a wrong to right
    Mighty PK Mouse will join the fight
    On the sea or on the land
    He gets the situation well in hand
    So though we are in danger
    We never despair
    Cause we know that where there’s danger
    He is there!
    He is there!
    On the land!
    On the sea!
    In the air!
    We’re not worryin’ at all
    We’re just listenin’ for his call
    “Here I come to save the day!”
    That means that Mighty PK Mouse is on the way.

    Hi Ho Silver away, as the masked PK rides off
    into the sunset with his lovely Marina.

    Hey don’t laff, fairy tales can come true, I tell ya. :grin:

  49. preter-dexterity says:

    Lewis Carroll simply had Alice “come to” in his ‘Wonderland” Story. Dorothy clicked her heels and woke up in her Kansas bed in the Wizard of OZ. (There IS a place like home…it’s, like, home…) Alice should have led the revolt against the nasty old Queen and reigned in Wonderland-striking a simultaneous blow for Women’s Rights. Dorothy should have taken over the Wicked Witch’s castle. She could have studied all the Flying Monkees and been the Diana Fosse of OZ.

  50. Venomrock67 says:

    Marina, That was an exceptional term to cover.
    Love the lesson too…. :smile:

    My assignment:
    The 1960s T.V. show BATMAN with Adam West has Deus Ex Machina written all over it. “Catwoman’s echo chamber” and “The Exploding Shark” are just a couple of examples of many from this show.


    • Rijk says:

      Before you send me [ up the river without a paddle ]
      Who came up with that one ?

      • Venomrock67 says:

        I’ve always heard that phrase as
        [up shit creek without a paddle]

        googling “up the creek/up the river without a paddle”, you have some variances:
        This saying originates from Gosport England Hasler to be exact its from where injured saliors would be sent up the creek, a river in Hasler and then loaded onto another boat that was on rails and then pulled up to Hasler Hospital (Parts of the rail system are still there) hens the saying UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE. Aso says that that the term “creek” isn’t used in England? :???:
        In America it has the meaning of being sent to prison, Maybe the early explorers coined this phrase, but the general meaning worldwide is being In a difficult, unfortunate, or inextricable position, with no possible remedy, in other words you’re fucked. but damn it, Can’t find anything concrete on exactly WHO came up with this phrase. Hope I’m reading you right. :|

        Hey Rijk, I wouldn’t send you up the river without anything, I’d at least give you BLACK BETTY to help you overcome the situation. ;-) :mrgreen:

        • beevee14 says:

          Whats up, Vrock? I don’t know where ‘up shits creek without a paddle’ came from but being ‘sent up the river’ is an American phrase. It originated in NYC where all of the prisons are literally ‘up the river’ ;-)

          At least, thats the word on the street. :mrgreen:

          Hope this was helpful for I am here to serve

      • leonard says:

        *I thought it was ‘dutch’…from urban dictionary—-”up shit creek, without a paddle” isn’t defined yet.

        That phrase was always used around here in Wisconsin among the the Belgiums and Dutch to mean –”being in trouble”…they say…duck creek, without a paddle…???

        • Rijk says:

          I have never heard of it before. This one is getting more interesting by the minute. :smile:

          • Venomrock67 says:

            Yeah, the phrase “up the creek/ up the river without a paddle” is a mysterious one. Trying to do a search again through google It’s all over the place and has different variations depending on where in the world. Whenever I’ve searched other words or phrases for the origin of them, it usually comes up with a straight forward answer.

            BV’s reply of ‘sent up the river’ which has to do with being sent to prison (NYC and Sing Sing prison, they were literally up river) and leonard’s “duck creek without a paddle” all tie in together to the same phrase, but I still can’t find the exact ‘ORIGIN’ of WHO came up with this. :???:

            Maybe CJ,Karl,Capman,p9 or äläx might know or maybe it might be interesting enough for HotForWords to investigate. :razz:

            Rijk, I think you’ve come up with a really good phrase request. ;-)
            But I don’t want to [jinx] it for ya! :mrgreen:

        • beevee14 says:

          Speaking of Dutch, have you ever heard when someone was in trouble, they were in “Dutch”? :?: :???:

      • pedanticKarl says:

        Rijk, Venomrock67, beevee14, leonard
        Check out the Etymology Online Dictionary – creek and search for the term “creek”. It gives some good references as to how the word evolved from explorers of small rivers, then later an armed forces slang term.

        • Rijk says:

          Hmmm, thanks Karl, you might have just torpedoed our little dingy.
          But we are not out of the water yet. :mrgreen:

        • Venomrock67 says:

          I got somewhere with that link :razz:

          Thanks pK :smile:
          That’s a valuable site, got it bookmarked ;-)

        • leonard says:

          from Karls link :lol: You Suckered me into this one…“The expression [the shit hits the fan] is related to, and may well derive from, an old joke. A man in a crowded bar needed to defecate but couldn’t find a bathroom, so he went upstairs and used a hole in the floor. Returning, he found everyone had gone except the bartender, who was cowering behind the bar. When the man asked what had happened, the bartender replied, ‘Where were you when the shit hit the fan?’ ” [Hugh Rawson, "Wicked Words," 1989] :lol: :oops:

    • Rijk says:


      Ya, her sister is gonna be send up the river in a leaky dingy, can already see the spray of water come out of it.

      Oh shoot, mustn’t get my phone wet. Hello, hello. Hi its me, listen, listen. We went out sailing and they have send me up ahead. And that darn dingy has sprung leak. What do you mean up the river without a ……… Must investigate. :mrgreen:

  51. StylinAzn says:

    Hello Marina

    What is the origin of the term [on the lamb] as when a run away criminal is being chased and is “on the lamb”. Why is that term used? It sounds strange to be on a lamb (animal) when running away.

    Thank You sweeheart…I bought your book.

  52. suprstock says:

    now that’s the most rediculus thing i have ever heard (groucho marks)

  53. augie says:

    if i was that train driver i would of stoped and ur mine :mrgreen:

  54. BigBhd95 says:

    much better with you lying down on the tracks :lol: :shock:
    great job again Marina :cool: B.B. loved the bloomberg interview
    even though I was in it :roll: :mrgreen:

  55. thoughtonfire says:

    This is the BEST Deus Axe Marina I’ve ever scene!

  56. pedanticKarl says:


    I love this site!!!
    You can explore so many things on this site that you will love it too.

    The “All Words” navigation link above is your entrance to finding out about interesting videos, articles and many other items of interest. Explore the HotForWords site to see how many new things you can learn today.


  57. Capman911 says:

    Hey M, I see you have been tweaking again. ;-) You’ve added back in the numbers on the side of the pages. :cool:

  58. James says:

    Tomorrow I am going to make a cash4gold parody, all the others have shitty views on them, so because I want to make this, I hope you al will watch it 4 me.

  59. thematrix75 says:

    Great video Marina,boy that’s great to get a cell phone by wising one,as much tricks, as the matrix!Just click your heels together there’s no place like home,there’s no place like home! :lol:

  60. originalistrick says:

    Loved this lesson! Thank you.

  61. James says:


  62. wetsuit5 says:

    Is sending in the Calvary different from Deus Ex Machina?
    Is the virus in “War of the Worlds” in bad taste in light of your recent illness?

  63. tonyb says:

    MY first sexual arrousal that caused me to masturbate when I was in second grade was movie THE PERIILS OF PAULINE with a pretty young blionde heroine gil like you . What got me j****** o** later was when some evil rich man wanted to put Pauline in a see through aquarium and freeze her alive until his son was old enough to marry her! Freezing her lovely body and her pretty blonde hair in a cryogenic tank seemed kinky to me. But I guess she did not go through with it, The offer was to save her mother’s farm from the bank. That is lilke your video.

  64. Evan Owen says:


    Another English word of Russian origin? :grin:

  65. pedanticKarl says:

    I really really enjoyed this video.
    I made it my favorite.
    I also love this website and the person
    who is behind it ;-) and the many subscribers
    that are part of this great community.
    Thank you.

  66. cufan71 says:

    :cool: Homework I don’t know if this is the worst example of deus ex machina, but it’s a classic! Watch this one first :arrow: Then check this out :arrow:

  67. pedro1234 says:

    I would like to request [wedgie] where did it come from and how does it feel :mrgreen:

    • beevee14 says:

      Hang a rope between two poles and then jump on with your legs spread and you pretty much have it! :mrgreen:

      At least your underwear aren’t ruined. :twisted:

      • Rijk says:

        Ooo, That’s got to hurt.
        Be sure to make a video lesson. :mrgreen:

      • leonard says:

        An old fashion rope; made of hemp fibers will burn less than “New Deal”-plastic :twisted: ……5 and 3 strands to braid a nice halter :cool: :lol: :mrgreen:

        Medlocke grew up with the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. When Blackfoot’s attempts to move north and play places like New York and New Jersey weren’t successful enough for him, he called up Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant and was asked to play drums for that newly-formed band. Medlocke played the drums and sang lead on a few songs for them during 1970 but came to feel that sitting behind a drum kit could never satisfy his energetic personality, so in 1971 he reformed Blackfoot and began touring incessantly with them, producing hits like “Train Train” and “Highway Song” until he finally decided to disband the group in the early 1990s.Rickey started performing onstage at the age of three. His grandfather, Shorty Medlock, was a well-known delta blues musician and he taught Rickey how to play a miniature banjo. From there on his musical abilities grew and he had taught himself how to play guitar by the age of five and he was playing drums in Shorty’s band at the age of eight. Rickey was raised by Shorty and his grandmother.
        I got drunk on his [tequila] once…very nice person___…

        Ricky signed an old poster from the 70′s in the 80′s and then the 90′s …”Hang for me” …..after my house got burned :sad: :x :evil: …ps, I will shut-up

        be Cool beevee14 :cool: I let use a “Leslie” to BB King

        The Leslie speaker is a specially constructed amplifier/loudspeaker used to create special audio effects using the Doppler effect. Named after its inventor, Donald Leslie, it is particularly associated with the Hammond organ. The Hammond/Leslie combination is now a ubiquitous element in many genres of music. Currently both the Leslie Speakers and the Hammond Organ are owned by Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation.

        • beevee14 says:

          There is NO sound like a Hammond B3 organ.

          A story:
          In 1995, we were in Memphis so I had to go to BB Kings on Beale Street. I got a bowl of red beans and rice and kicked back. Little Jimmy King and The King James version were the headliners and they were great. When we got there, I scoped out the Hammond to make sure it wasn’t no bullshit, and I noticed that it had duct tape holding down the corners of the veneer! I knew it was gonna be alright. :cool: In between sets other people would come out. Once, it was just an old man with a trumpet, wailin’ away. Another time it was the kid from “The Firm”. In the movie, they show two times a little kid doing back hand springs and flips while Cruise is walking. The first time, he does them right along with him and the second time he walks on. Kind of a loss of innocence thing. Anyway, he did that in the bar like three times. The last time, he started OUTSIDE THE DOOR and did them across the whole floor! People were raining money on him. It was great! :lol:

          BTW it took me about a 6-pack to finish the red beans and rice. Very hot! They kept coming to ask me if I was done… :razz:

          Lots of pictures of SRV, also. I liked that :cool:

          Oh yeah, to tie it all in; Shorty Medlocke is the one who plays that bad ass harp on ‘train, train’. ;-)

  68. Evan Owen says:

    [fait accompli]
    [lingua franca]

  69. Evan Owen says:

    Hey Bob, does duo sex mackinaw mean “making love under a raincoat”? :razz:

  70. neuroway says:

    This one is by far the worst and the ugliest. :smile:

  71. Evan Owen says:

    Today’s lesson reminds me of a quote:

    “Why can’t the Anglophobes of the world accept the fait accompli that English is now the global lingua franca? :mrgreen:

  72. Evan Owen says:


    In Frederick Forsyth’s The Afghan, “…Forsyth must resort to a deus ex machina to create a plot complication” according to a review by Daniel Berger. Specifically, a helicopter crash in the North Cascade Mountains lands squarely on the wall of an ultra-secure prison, allowing an al-Qaeda member to escape. :roll:

  73. James says:

    Nice lesson Marina!

  74. brynhild84 says:

    The of the worst Deus Ex Machina I’ve heard about is when they excape in the book ‘Congo’ in the hotair balloon.

  75. leonard says:

    [cheap] and let my dream keep the sleep soul deep….2 my tools :lol:

  76. sparkyinseattle says:


  77. ben_gali says:

    I would like to know the origin of the word [oskie]. It’s a common term for an intercepted pass in football.

  78. Lennie says:

    I don’t even want to try and pronounce that. ;-)

  79. howi says:

    Hi, Marina! Please check out this YouTube video “Oops! etymology”… Please tell us if Stephen (@Plomomedia) is right about the word, [Oops]. THANKS :razz:

    • HotForWords says:

      Stephen has an interesting theory thinking it came from “Oh. Sorry”

      The OED does say it comes from parents saying “up-a-daisy” later “oops-i-daisy” to a child after he has fallen… perhaps the babies hear the first part of that phrase after falling and attribute it to falling.. saying “oops”when they fall.

      But it could also be onomatopoeic, meaning it actually comes from the sound a baby makes for example when he falls…. perhaps babies say “oo” or “oops” when they fall.. and parents picked up on that “oo” or “oops” sound and added the “(ps)-i-daisy” to it to lessen the blow to the child.. and that in turn supported the sound. The baby then hears “oops-i-daisy” from his parents and repeats the “oops” part as it’s one syllable and easy for him to repeat.

      But Stephen’s theory could also be true in that a person might say “Oh! Sorry”. But then we get into where the “Oh” comes from as well. Why does someone say “Oh” and not “Bee” or “Gah” or some other sound when making a mistake? And that takes us right back to the “Oh” possibly being onomatopoetic as well.. just like “oops”.

      So I think onomatopoeia plays a part in where “oops” comes from.

      • Hs4Mm says:

        Well formulated/written answer — both in content and in style. Of the same high caliber/quality as those in the AskMen Q/A (taking into account — but not by much — that this is impromptu/off-the-cuff whereas the other is edited).

      • beevee14 says:

        Why does someone say “Oh” and not “Bee” or “Gah” or some other sound when making a mistake?

        I think it is “oh!” because you don’t need to move your mouth, just a simple exhale with your mouth open. Probably the easiest sound to make.(Then “mmmm”). But I could be wrong ;-)

        • Bob says:

          If that were true, all countries/languages would say the same “Oops” in response to a surprising event, but in reality it varies between languages and even between regions of a country. I’ve heard Eh, Ai, Ow, Er, Uh to name but a few.

        • äläx says:

          the easiest vowel to articulate is “a”, as in “mama”.
          “o” is more complex because it’s rounded (the lips). so it’s not just “a simple exhale with your mouth open”, that would be “a”.

          this is why babies’ first words mostly have an “a” in them.

          if i recall correctly, you’re right about the “m”, though. it’s an easy sound. and along with “a” you easily get “mama”.

          my mom told me that my first word was either “auto” (pronounced “ow-toe”) or “lampe”. which is weird. i think. dunno.

          • beevee14 says:

            I wonder if eerybody else is making the “oh” and “ah” sound while they read this? :smile:

          • Capman911 says:

            Hey Alex, I go along with the A and the M being easy for a tot to start as it’s first letters. But less not forget the D as in Da when a baby starts to chant dadadada and the parents think the baby is saying dada making the daddy happy that he is the first to be recognized as a word from the infant. I guess it’s all in how the baby starts to form their letters or phonics or just by imitating a sound that one of the parents keeps repeating. I know I kept saying dada to my children so I would be the first before my wife to have the bay say dada instead of mama. Sounds a little conceited huh. Oh well it worked. lol

      • howi says:

        Hmm… Marina! But like Bob and äläx have commented, I wonder if it is being onomatopoetic, then why it seems not applying to all other ethnic groups / cultures? In Cantonese, we often say “Ai-ya!”, for example. I love being around with babies but I do not remember if my godson would say “oo” or “oops” when he fell ;-) In my experience, most of them would rather cry or sort of surprise with their expressions. In North America, I do find “uh-oh” common to toddlers and young children though.

        Anyway, it is quite an intriguing discussion. THANKS * so kind to my very first post here! ;-)

  80. roberhor says:

    I use a MachinimaCam HUD v0.11 PRO in Second Life to hold my Avatar still while I film around it, e.g., when I am flying in my airplane, I switch on my MachinimaCam and the cam stabilizes while I film myself (avatar and aircraft) flying by. With the MachinimaCam turned off, the cam only moves with the head of my avatar.

    p.s. I would like to request the word “cougar”

  81. his nibs says:

    Please do a video on the phrase [His NIbs]. Thanks!

  82. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear Marina,
    Deus ex machina is pronounced /ˈdeɪ.əs ɛks ˈmɑːkinə/ or /ˈdiː.əs ɛks ˈmækɨnə/, or day oos ayks mokinah. The first word has two syllables.
    I thought there were Sororities and Fraternities in Russian Universities, so that students would know the Greek alphabet. I was an ROTC student and not part of a Fraternity, but even I learned the Greek alphabet.
    You used an example when a cellphone conveniently appeared on your shoulder.
    Deus ex machina is often used in movies and cartoons. In a Bugs Bunny cartoon, Bugs Bunny is in an airplane that is ruined by a gremlin, and the plane is falling in a seemingly fatal dive. Well, Bugs Bunny hits the brakes and the airplane comes to a screeching halt just inches from the ground. Bugs Bunny steps out of the airplane and says to the audience, “I know this defies the law of gravity, but see, I never studied law.” :razz:

  83. stigmatasaurus says:

    You are forgiven. It’s always hard to settle on the right pronunciation when 2000 years or more has passed. Can’t think of a good example of DEM, but I love the bare shoulders and yellow satin!

  84. animalntaz says:

    This lesson reminded me of the final boss battle in the PS1 video game Xenogears, when fighting against Deus.

  85. Capman911 says:

    Marina how does favoriting your videos help you? I understand about the ratings and the commenting just a little clarity on the favoriting change.

  86. darlingj says:

    Dennis Miller does a segment on his radio show called:

    DENNIS Ex Machina

    NOW I know what that’s about – thanks to our trusty HotforWords! :grin:

    And now I know why it’s funny! :lol:

  87. smokey36bear says:

    Here is one Every episode of MacGyver still love the show though.

  88. smokey36bear says:

    Or how about the end of the movie ‘Signs’.
    Water?? These guys were defeated by water?
    Oh speaking of alien movies what about ‘War of the Worlds’?(1953 not the crap from 2005) killed off by the common cold.
    Hey what about ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’? Downed by ‘Puberty Love’, a popular song of the time.

  89. Capman911 says:

    Great video and a great word, but I’ll have to do some Googling to really get the understanding of the word. :|

  90. smokey36bear says:

    The last episode of St. Elsewhere when it turned out everything that happened on the show was all in the head of one autistic child staring into a snow globe.

  91. AllynTygrrr says:

    You’re awesome! I had no idea such a word existed. But, to get my ‘homework’ over with…

    This guy:

    He has invented a hypothetical model for a new digital world currency named ¥€$US©®™ The Royal Mighty Eagle.

    Yeah, hell if I know – but it’s something along those lines.


    - A -

  92. darlingj says:

    YES YES and YES again!

    Interesting Phrase – Educational – and Clever!

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