English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  Have you ever played around with the word play? Probably not becuase it is a word everybody thinks
they know and they probably do. But it is not as simplistic as we think. "Play" dates back
to the year 1378. The original form of the word "play" came in the language Old English,
plaegian. This word is so complex that the etymology is uncertain, as well as its origin, but
thought to be Middle Dutch. Who would have thought that such a cmommon and easy word could have been
so compound in its orginal days and evolved so much ovver time?

A survay of five American born people about the word "play" had only two different
responces. Three of the five, or sixty percent said that the definition was something having ti do
with moving, running around, and being active. The other fourty percent siad "play" was a
show you see on stage, one-half of which was female. "I play baseball," was my dad
Dennis' sentence, and his definition was running around and being active. My sister Amanda was
in the minority however, and said "play" was a show on stage. Her sentence was "We
watched the play on stage." It was not just because she was a female that she said that because
my friend Tony said a show as well. So, even with just five people, there were different

Asurvay of three foreign born people had the same definition. One hundred percent said
"play" was doing something active. One respondant, Miguel from Mexico said "I like to
play soccer." Another kid, Jose from Dominican Republic said "Playing baseball is fun, and
I like it." The third person, Juan from Haiti said "Lets play a game." People with
English as a second languagedo not know many secondary definitions. But after their breif time
speaking English, they do know the primary definition. This is probably because they participate in
sports and have heard the word "play" associated with it and just drew a conclusion as to
what it meant.

There are many definitions of the word play that are obsolete. One I was surprised to see was to
clap hands. I can see why it was used that way, to play with your hand perhaps. I just never
thought of it that way and that is the reason why it is obsolete. Another definition I found odd was
to boil water. It does not make sense to say to play water. This is a great example of how English
has evolved. A common definition up until the early 1600s now makes no sense which is really
amazing. The most common definition is senses relating to movement, exercise, and activity, which is
what I first thought of when I heard "play." Some of these definitions totally caught me
off guard.

"Play" has been used in numerous pieces by numerous authors. One famous author is Milton
who used it in his religious text Paradise Lost VII. The sentence was "On smooth the Seale, And
bended Dolphins play." Another famous author who has used "play" is the great William
Shakespere. He used it in 1616 in the sentence "Warme life that playes in that infants veins.
In 1836 the author Charles Dickens used "play." I really begin to grow alarmed lest Braham
think we are playing him some nonsence."

Playing around with the word "play" was very interesting, and has shown me how much the
word has evolved over time. It is still very commonly used today, and I do not see it going away for
a long time. If it were to go away, it would be because someone ahs made up another word for
participating in a sport or game, and or another word for a drama on stage. I chose this word
because I wanted to do something associated with fun, and "play" was the first word I
thought of. "Play" will not be going away for a long time or maybe will never go away.
"Play" exemplifies how much the English language has changed over time.







Scribe, this is the editor of Timeless Voices. Your work Beowulf definately set the stage for
all English literature, and I thought it was a great piece of work. But our budget has been cut, and
have to omit you. This was a very hard decision, but there are other authors we have to keep around.
The text includes many speeches, and we think there are too many. The violence is also very
excessive. And third, you spent too much time on Wealtheow rather than the main character Beowulf.

The idea of soliliquies in the text was a great idea. But there are so many that it takes away from
the actual text. They are also very long. Agreeing with us is Eric Wilson of the University of
Colorado Department of English. He said "Speeches are a good asset, but there are too
many." For example, Beowulf delivers a speech to Unferth. It starts "Well, friend Unferth,
you have had your say about Breca and me.", and continues for another seventy-six lines, which
is very long. You could have condensed down what he said into less words. and have just taken the
key points. So your intensions were good, but you took it too far.

Another fault we saw in Beowulf was the major violence. We think violence is also a good quality in
a story, but the scenes you created were too fierce. The scene where Beowulf and Grenel are battling
a very violent. The point where Beowulf cuts off Grendel's arm is the part we thought the
violence became too much. We also thought that all of Grendel's other battles were too violent
as well. Eric Wilson also agreed with us in this department as well. "The violence was so
excessive that it threatens the very moornings of civilization." The story would not have benn
the same without violence completely, but the violence you used was too much.

We also think you spent too much time talking about Wealtheow. Beowulf was the main character, so
you should have focused more on him. Her speech starting with " Enjoy this drink, my most
generous lord;", lasts for eighteen lines. This is significant because she is the first woman
to ever be mentioned in a story, and the fact that you gave her her own soliliquy is a fault. She
was not as significant a character as Beowulf, or Grendel, so you should not have spent so much time
on her.

So again Scribe, we are sorry to have to let you and your work go , But, I am sure that you will
find another text to put Beowulf in. If our budget goes back up, you will surely be welcomed back.
No hard feelings Scribe, and good luck with you future writings.














According to the World Encyclopedia, the word Badminton derived from Beaufort in 1873. It also
states the it may have started among British army officers stationed in India in the 1600s who
played a game called poona. It is essentially a remake of the sport battledore. Depite its great
history in Britain, it is not a major sport today. This may be because of the uprising of other
sports such as soccer, but nonetheless, it is not practiced as much today. Along with many pieces of
literature, Badminton is another example of a British invention that would become popular in the
whole world.

Badminton is a game similar to tennis. One match is a best of three games, so players have to win
two individual games to win the match. The players use rackets to hit a shuttlecock, which the World
Encyclopedia says is a small cork hemisphere with fourteen to sixteen feathers, back and forth. When
it falls, the player who last hit it gets a point. The first player to score twenty-one points will
win that game. However, the player must win by two points, unless the competitors are tied at
twenty-nine, in which case the player who scores the thirtieth point will win. This sport is
normally played indoors because even the slightest wind can affect the shuttlecock. The World
Encyclopedia says that a Badminton court is 44 feet long, and 17 feet wide, and the net that the
shuttlecock is vollied over is 5 feet high and stretches the whole 44 feet wide.

Some notable Badminton events are the All-England badminton championships, which were first held in
1899. The Thomas Cup is another international tournament, and according to the official badminton
website internationalbadminton.org it is the most sought after menís team trophy for badminton. This
tournament is held every two years, and it has been dominated by Malaysia, Indonesia and China since
its inception in 1948. Badminton is also part of the Summer Olympics, but to be a part of it,
players must win a number of qualifing matches. It will be part of the Olymipics in Beijing, China
this summer. There are also many regional tournaments and matches, as well as friendly games. The
International Badmintion Federation (IBF) was formed in 1934 according to the World Encyclopedia. It
is the headquarters for all badminton events.

Ong Ewe Hock is a former badminton player who ranked as high as number two in the world. He is from
Penang, Malaysia, and was born on March 14,1972. Some of Ong Ewe Hock's accomplishments are
being a three time Thomas Cup runner-up, and a two time Malaysin Open Singles Champion. In an
interview with internationalbadminton.org, Ong Ewe Hock said that if he had won the Thomas Cup, it
would have been the highlight of his career. When asked if the environment on the court is friendly
or hostile he said "I think that every international players are friends and get along well
outside the court. However ,when we are inside the court, we as professional players will do our
best to win and leave friendships aside." So this just shows that badminton is a hostile sports
despite its friendly intentions.

On February 7, 2008, there was an article in the British newspaper called the Metro. This article
was called Bird flu causes Indian shuttlecock drought. The Olympics qualifying matches are in danger
in India. The training camps were cancelled due to a short of quality shuttlecock feathers because
of the bird flu. The government banned the import of feathers because of the bird flu. Manufacturers
of shuttlecocks had offered to ship chemically-treated shuttles that passed a bird flu inspection by
Hong Kong authorities, but the Indian government did not life the ban. Time will tell if India can

Badminton is not really a topic of an literary works, or musicals, or songs. This could be because
it is not really an interesting topic to write about because it is not popular. However, it is
mentioned as a background activity in some pieces of work. It is played a little in Chris
Bohjalian's Before You Know a Kindness. There are also many book that are designed to tell how
to become a better badminton player, and books that explain the rules and history of badminton. But
besides these few examples, there is not much literature on badminton.

Badminton is currently a sport in Britain that is not practiced all the time, but not never
practiced at all. Its future will be much of the same. The professionals have a lot to look foward
to in not only the distant future, but the near future. Players are getting ready for the Olymipics,
and are always training for the Thomas Cup. So all in all, badminton will remain in Britain for a
long time to come.