English 10: Writing Portfolio
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|The world ignite can spark much
conversation among our peers. It has a long lenghty history,
involving fire. It can spark many diffrent connotations most invovling fire. Although ignite means
to set fire to, or to kindle, it also can mean to strike. Ignite tells us that the English language
has changed over time. This word was first used 447 years ago. Ignite comes from the Latin term
"ignus" which means fire. This is the most common way it is used today. We still use
ignite to mean the same thing it did so long ago. We automatically think "to light on
Ignite can be used as a noun or a verb, each is used as much as the other one is. The Random House
Dictionary defines ignite as " to set on fire, to kindle and chemistry to heat intensely,
roast." American Heritage Dictionary states: "to cause to burn, to set fire too, and to
subject to great heat, especially to make luminous by heat." Word Net by Priceton defines
ignite as: "cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat arouse or excite feelings and
passions." This word can also be used in diffrent forms such as ignitable, meaning something
that can ignite, or igniter, meaning one who lights something on fire. many of these definitions
mean the same thing, generally.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines ignite as "to subject to the action of fire, to
make intensely hot, to cause to glow with heat; in chemical use, exposed to heat to the point of
combustion...." This definition means that the word ignite is usually used to mean anything
with lighting and to heat with a flame. Another definition in the OED is "to strike (an
arc)". This definition means to hit, not like punch or smash into, but to smack as in an arc
formation. These definitions are still used today, the first definition more than the second.
Over the course of the English language many authors have used the word ignite. In 1823 J. Badcock
used ignite in a science experiment analysis: "His preparation would not ignite any substance
whatever, even un powder." Badcock is using ignite to show how something is combusting, such as
gunpowder in a gun. The first sentence that is recorded with ignite in it was written in 1560 by
Rolland. He wrote: "That we micht knaw his chertie Ignite, Ardent, and hair." This
sentence was written in Middle English. This shows that the word is older than the language that we
know now as modern English.
Because ignite is 447 years old, it has been used over a million times in diffrent articles, with
diffrent subjects. One article using the word on Fox News' website is entitled
"Hunter's Photos Ignite New Debate Over Bigfoot's Existence". This
article's title uses ignite to mean "to start", which comes from ignition, like in a
car's engine. An article in the New York Times uses ignite as "getting started us" as
in people, "But Ellsbury has started five straight postseason games, has helped ignite
Boston..." In the London Times an article on how a caretaker lite a woman on fire, uses ignite
in it's most commonly used way: "Devenny used a cigarette lighter to ignite Iren
Watling's bed clothes". The sentence literally means that the woman was lite on fire.
These sentences all use ignite to get a diffrent point acroos to the leader.
Ignite is one word that has a few diffrent meanings. I believe that the future of ingite will grow
and adapt to the ever changing English language. As long as we start coming up with new wrords, we
will come up with new meanings for the existing words, and the cycle will go around once again.
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