English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
word “bundle” has been around for along period of time dating back to 1649.
Since those days and
even today the word still has the same meaning now than it did back in the 1640’s. There have been
many words in the English language that have changed meaning and definitions. But the word bundle is
probably one of the few words that have not changed over time. The word bundle keeps on bringing in
new definitions each and everyday especially today with the slang that kids use it in. This just goes to show you how diverse the English language is and will continue to become diverse as the language continues to grow.
The word bundle was first used in the year 1649 and since then has become more popular.
After each and every century the word grew more and more when it finally came to the 1950’s were it
was commonly used “to be wrapped up in warm clothes.” Today the word bundle has many meanings, for
instance in the American Heritage Dictionary the word bundle means “A group of objects held
together, as by trying or wrapping.” In the Word Net Dictionary bundle means, “A collection of
things wrapped or boxed together.” The Kernerman English Dictionary says bundle is “A number of
things bound together. All of these definitions mean the same thing; they all deal with grouping
objects together. Where as the Oxford English Dictionary has the word having many different meanings
over the years.
The Oxford English Dictionary has many definitions for the word bundle. The 1st
definition the OED has is “To tie in, or make up into, a bundle.” The 2nd definition is “To ‘Fagot’
bar iron for the purpose of welding it together.” Another definition is “To wrap up in warm, heavy,
or cumbersome clothing.” The OED has many definitions in which the word bundle can be used. This is
why the English language is such a great thing because of its diversity with our culture and
combining of other cultures as well.
The word bundle was first used in 1649 in the Apparitions at Woodstock, in Hone.
Every-day “The..oak..they had..bundled up into faggots” meaning to tie together. 1756 LADY M. W.
MONTAGUE Lett. xcvi. IV. 76, “I bundle up all your letters” means to tie the letters together. When
the word bundle bagan to become popular in the 1800’s an author by the name of J. Holland used the
word bundle in Manuf Metals 1st “To cause bar iron..to be closely fagotted or bundled together”
meaning closely or tightly compacted together. In 1923 R. Macauly Told by Idiot “The two children
were bundled up in bear-skin coats” meaning to wear warm clothes or a lot of clothes to stay warm.
This just goes to show how the word bundle was being used in the early years. Today the word bundle
has many different meanings such as slang that kids use today. People will use the word bundle to
knock someone over in a sport. This is the wrong meaning, but it just goes to show you how the word
bundle has and can pick up newer meanings like other words in the English language.
The Australian uses the word bundle in an article it has one of the meaning from before.
It says “…Shawn Warne era had a bundle of clothes over his arm…” Bundle in this sense means that he
has grouped his clothes together. In the Contra Costa Times they use the word bundle in a new type
of meaning, “A 10 year old bundle of dynamite.” In this article they mean that the 10 year old has a
lot of energy in there personality. Most of the writers today still use the word bundle in its
original meaning such as tying objects together. In an article from The Morning Call in Pennsylvania
they write about a bank robbery. The article says “…gave Larue a tracking device in a bundle of money, court papers say.” The word bundle in this sentence means that there was a large some of money in bags. The articles above show how the word bundle today still has the same meaning as it did back in the 1650’s.
Although they may still use the same meanings the word bundle has different meanings such as to
knock someone over. For instance, “that kid just got bundled” meaning to knock down, this just shows how different meanings can form for old words in the English language.
The word bundle has been around for over 350 years and continues to make a great run. But for this
word I do feel that it will be around for a couple more hundred years. The word bundle keeps on
finding newer and better definitions since 1649. As for the English language I do not feel that it
will be around for much longer. In today’s world the English language is not the most spoken
language. There for I believe that the English language will become a dead language and the same for the world bundle.
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