English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|If you took a scoop and dipped it
into the vast pool of the english language and took out a word,
you might end up picking the word "scoop". When most people think of the word scoop, they
think of a spoon-like untensil that is used to pick up objects, or perhaps they think of a scooping
action in which you would pick something up, but the word scoop actually has more meanings then
these simple ones. The word scoop is a good example of the way that the English language is ever
changing because the word was used about 14 different times in the 677 years it has been around.
Every single dictionary that I have looked at says that a scoop is a ladle-like or spoon-like
instrument, when the word is used as a noun. When "scoop" is used as a verb two out of
three dictionaries said that it means to take up or out as if with a scoop. On page 772 of the
Webster's New Seventh Collegiate Dictionary it lists scoop as meaning: a large ladle, or a deep
shovel or a similar implement for digging, dipping, or shoveling. In General, it seems that all the
definitions are about the same for the word scoop.
The Oxford English Dictionary has a couple of unusual usus of the word scoop. For example the OED
listed a couple dead uses for the word which are a gunner's ladle and a kind of basket. It also
lists definitions that aren't in any other dictionary that I have looked in; it said that scoop
can also mean news as in a current event or a journalist's story. Also the OED listed scoop
with the unusual meaning of an instrument with a spoon-shaped or gouge-shaped blade, used for
cutting out a piece ffrom some soft material, or for removing a core or an embedded substance and a
varitey or coal-box. By doing this the OED retains its title as the king of dictionaries.
Along with the meaning, spelling, examples of the word in a sentance, and the etymology the Oxford
English Dictionary gives a list of authors who have used the word that you are looking up. For the
word scoop the OED says that Mark Twain wrote "One was a woman in a slim black dress... and a
large scoop-shovel bonnet". (Mark Twain, Huckelberry Finn xvii 154) Henry Stephens used the
word scoop twice in his book saying "the buckets.. are...scoop-shaped", and "Any
loose soil... should be... taken out by a scoop spade. (Henry Stephens, The Book of the Farm II.
203) Glancing at these authors, the word scoop must be pretty important if famous authors like these
Over the 677 years that the word scoop seems to have been used, it has pretty much stayed the same
except for a couple different uses and some "hip" slang being put into the dictionary. But
as we look closely at the word and the meanings we see that as the times change so does the word and
its meanings. So the English language as a whole will probably continue tochange aslong as
civilization continues to change.
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