English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
Over the years the word light has transformed over the ages starting from c 1000 written by Aelfric
Gen. i. 3. The definition at this time was a natural influence which evokes the functional activity
of the first time it was used was liyght. The first sentence it was used in was Til he wit hise
word mage liyght.
Three ordinary dictionaries define the word light in many different ways, the New Websters
Dictionary defines it as "The wave band of electromagnetic radiation between the
wavelengths". The Oxford American dictionary defines the word as "The agent that
stimulates the sense of sight, a kind of radiation". The American Herritage Dictionary defines
the word as "Electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength".
A unique definition of the word light is the first definition of the word in the OED which is
"That natural agent or influence which proceeds from the sun in day time; daylight. The last
definition which I also believe is unique is "The state being visable or exposed to view.
Many authors have used this word the first ever author to use the word light is Aelfric and he used
it in this sentence, Til he wit hise word made liyght. Another author that used this word was Burke
and the sentence was, All colours depend on the light.
The word light is used in many different ways for scientific uses and for just other uses when
needed. When talking about an agent that stimulates the sense of sight in short stories or in
poems. Also in the London Times they use the word light to talk about daytime and also other news.
The word light is a word that started in the story of Beowulf and seeing how the word light has made
it this far I believe that the word will probably go on for how ever long the English language goes
on for which will probably go on for another 2,000 years. In conclusion I believe that since the
word light started off when the first book was made I think that the word light will die in the last
book that is written in English.
Dear Sir Thomas Malory,
The word baseball according to the Oxford
English Dictionary appeared for the first time in
Dear Mr. President,