English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
All different words have different meanings and different uses. The word warrior is the same way.
Warrior has a total of six definitions and around twenty or so spellings along the time it was
brought into different languages. The common thoughts when someone thinks about the word
"warrior" are that it has something to do with war and fighting. On the other hand,
certain romances written by famous authors such as Dickens and Shakespeare show that it can have a
positive and relatively identity. The word "warrior" has been floating around in Literary
works since the year 1297 and is fighting to stay alive by the its warrior-like ways.
I conducted an informal survey among women and men of a variety of ages. The differences in
the definitions offered were for the most part predictable. For example, I asked my father, James
Donovan, how he would define the word "warrior" and he said, "it is a fighter,
someone who engages in gruesome war". The sentence he gave using the word in context was,
"The warrior celebrated his victory on the bloody battle field". A friend, Christina
Gregg, defined "warrior" as someone who stands up and fights for what they believe until
they can no longer fight". Her sentence was, "the warriors entered into organized
battle". This survey revealed some differences between younger and older people, and between
men and women. It became clear that the older generation has a more generic definition of the word,
while the younger people gave a more detailed definition. Also men tended to have a slightly more
masculine definition. For instance, my father mentioned that instead of simply a battle field,
which he referred to as a bloody battle field instead of just saying the battle as Christina did
when she was questioned.
Every word has definitions that are used in different situations and at different times. OED
currently has six definitions for the word "warrior". The most commonly used definition
is "one whose occupation is warfare:a fighting man, whether soldier or airman. Words also have
definitions that are known as "obsolete", which means that they are still used, but not as
often. An example of this would be "one who makes war upon: a prosecutor. Another definition
that is occasionally used is "a south American humming-bird of the genus Oxypogon. Another
aspect of a word that can change over time is the spelling of the word. Warrior has had about
thirty different spellings, usually changing depending on where the word was spread to. In early
Middle English, warrior was first spelled "verrour", which is not only known as a vulgar
word but as stated before can be known as a respectable and honorable thing in the early times.
A very important and fascinating part of searching for information on a word is the fact that
many famous writers have used the word in their previous peices of writing. I will be giving the
three most famous literary authors because of the immense variety to choose from. The first author
who was found to have used the word "warrior" is Charles Dickens. He used
"warrior" in Pickwick papers when he sprang like an ardent warrior from his tent. Another
early author was John Milton, who used the word "warrior" in the Paradise Times. He used
it when saying "there are whole communities of warrior ants". The last literary author is
Edmund Spencer who used the word in a work of art known as the "first principles'. It
seemed that in these writing that the word warrior was used in a sentimental way. As I entered this
assignment I figured that it would be used in a rather negative and vulgar way, but soon realized
that it can be used in positive terms throughout the older years.
The word is used by all different languages around the world as if for alot of other English
words: however its meaning is slightly different coming from an international student or someone who
was not born in the United States. I asked a couple of the foreign exchange students what they
thought about when they heard the word "warrior" and their responses didn't very much
from the general idea of the the word. Alex, the first kid who was questioned, replied to the
question by stating that he thought " the word means a man or woman who works hard to et what
he desires". However, along with them saying how it has to do with fighting for something,
some of them related it to sporting events, particularly soccer. I found this ironic because of the
fact that one of my researched examples was using the word "warrior" to describe the plays
of a soccer game as well.
This word has been used for approximately 700 years in several literary works of many famous
authors. The word has recently as of 2007, been used to describe people of different occupations
instead of only talking about one who fights in war. For instance, in the London Times< Damon
Jones was said to be known as the "fiercest warrior". In this case, "warrior"
is being used to describe the way that Damon Jones approaches the game of soccer. In the research
of the NY times.com I found an example of how the writers used the word in the paper. The writer
labels his story "How to be a afternoon warrior", which in this case is referring to the
idea of how football is usually played in the afternoon of Sundays. In the recent years of the word
"warrior" history,you can come to the realization of the fact that it is being related
with sports very frequently to describe the players "will" to achieve greatness.
The future of the word "warrior" in my mind is extremely bright for basic reasons.
First of all, the word has been used in writing since the 1300s, and had had no problems with the
word becoming obsolete. THe meaning of the word has changed slightyly, only in the case that the
word does not only pertain to a fighter in war or someone who fights, but yet to describe
people's ways. As for the English language and its future, I believe that it will stay
dominant language for a while. Something that was interesting to me was the fact that English has
been made mandatory at various different Korean schools. I found this out when asking fellow
student, David, how he has learned the English language so quickly. This is just another reason why
I believe it will last a long time, along with the fact it's been strong for so long, so why
end it now?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary the
word "soccer" has a history of spelling