English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  There were many people who used the word obnoxious back in the times of old english, and in the
times of modern english now a days. The person who really inspired the word obnoxious was somebody
by the name of R HARRISON. Like many other words in the english language, this word has changed over
time. It was spelled differently and pronounced differently. My word was used first 335 years ago by
this lad named R HARRISON. Though there are a lof of different deffinitions, I picked out three.

In the American English Dictionary, obnoxious means very unpleasent or unkind. In the American
Herritage Dictionary, it means very irritable and annoying. In the New Webster Dictionary, it means
unpleasent or very offensive. Seeing from these deffinitions, the American Herritage and the New
Webster dictionaries looks like it might have been written from the same author considering they are
almost the exact same deffinitions.

Comparing these deffinitions from stated above to the Oxford English Dictionary, you can see that
they must have been written in different time periods, because they are very different. The first
deffinition of the obnoxious word I chose is Liable or subject to being liable. The second
obnoxious deffinition is Liable of doing something;responsible. And a third and final explination of
the word obnoxious is without to or infinnitive. These three deffinitions are practically the same,
but are a lot more different then the ones from the other 3 dictionaries I have invested.

Back in the day of old english, authors still even used the word obnoxious. Now that is obnoxious!
One author who used it besides R HARRISON was J DONNE. He stated, "Thinke about how poore thou
wast, how obnoxious..." Another author who used the word was H SAVILE in 1591. He stated,
"The generals being so obnoxious..." These two authors and many more to come have been
using the same form of obnoxious for years, and even for years to come.

The very few authors who have used the word obnoxious, have used it in both similar and different
ways. One author who had used my word was Laura Fitzgerald, a not too famous author but still an
author. She used it in a sentence while being interviewed and stated, "Yes, I would say that
the amount of overweight people is obnoxious..." She used it the way that everyone else knows
about obnoxious, describing about how something is rediculous or unheard of.

The future of obnoxious in the english language looks quite dim. Nobody really uses the word any
more, in it's place the word rediculous took it's place. This word, I have a feeling will
die in the next couple of years say about another 10-15 years. But the whole english language will
be spoke for about another 100-110 years. Because english is spoken primarily in America, many
people have moved here from all different countries and still speak their languages, completely
shoving english aside. There is spanish, chineese, japaneese, and even german. The world's
biggest language will soon be spanish because so many people are speaking it, and so many people
want to speak it.
  According to the OED, the word swimming dates back to the year 2000 B.C. There is evidence that
swimming was very popular in the Olympic games. The first time the word swimming was used was in the
1896 Olympic games, where swimming was first held. Swimming has helped people all over the world
build muscle, and has also made people covert from the sport they really loved, and they gave
swimming a try. Also according to the OED, the first time the world swimming appeared in a book was
by a person named Nicolas Wynman, who was in love with the sport so he decided to write a book on

Searching through all of the London newspapers, it was tough to find anything on the sport of
swimming. If and when I did find something, I would read it and to my surprise it would be all about
American swimmers and their records that they have, and who is winning what. This really did
surprise me because I thought the people would be covering the swimmers swimming the English channel
and who they would predict to win and who they would predict to not finish.

The goal of competitive swimming is to be the fastest to swim at a given distance and drop time.
Competitive swimming became popular in the nineteenth century, and comprises 34 individual events
-17 male events and 17 female events. Swimming is a popular event at the Summer Olympic Games,
where male and female athletes compete in 13 of the recognized events each. Olympic events are held in a
50 meter pool. Competitive swimming's international governing body is FINA (Fédération
Internationale de Natation), the International Swimming Federation.The four competitive strokes are
the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle (front crawl). While "freestyle"
and "front crawl" are often used interchangeably, freestyle is the more common name and
is used in almost all competitive, club-swimming or international competitions. A swimmer may actually
swim any stroke or combination of strokes in a freestyle race. Swimmers generally choose to swim
front crawl in a freestyle event since it is typically the fastest stroke. Disqualification will
occur if the stroke is not swum correctly, for example if the swimmer does not touch the wall with
two hands during breaststroke.

There are many professional swimmers in Europe, but one really stood out to me because of the
records he holds. His name is Alain Bernard. He currently holds the record for the 100 meter
freestyle, which he swam in 47 seconds at the European National. He also had the record for the 50
meter freestyle, but four days after he broke the record, someone broke his record so he lost his
title. When asked about swimming and how he felt about it he said, "I love the sport, it's
fun and it's a great workout. For the people who haven't tried it yet I suggest you start
trying it. It's like once i get in the water, I can't get out and it's like I become
part of the water and it's hard for me to get back to myself after I swim because I get so
into swimming." This shows that he loves the sport and that he is really good at the sport since he
held two records. He has inspired people all over to swim, and the population is slowly but surely
rising. Swimming's population has a good future ahead of it. Because of the UK sponsoring young
kids and having them swim, they will grow up and their names will be known because they will be the
top swimmers in the game of swimming. Starting someone off doing something such as a sport at a
young age will only give them the most experience and turn them into a pro. Even though swimming
isn't on the cover of every London magazine and isn't really followed on TV, in about 30
years it will be because the people will be so good, people of the world will need to see their