English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2007-2008

   
   
   
   
   
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Three ordinary dictionaries gave me eleven definitions for the word, relax. The word relax has been
around for five hundred eighty-seven years. Many people see the word relax as being naive and
nonchalant. People defy words best to their knowledge so that it can be easier for them to remember
the word and its use of meaning. Their meaning of the word is mostly true, but not completely
accurate.


The word, relax affects English history because it has been used for a long period of time and still
is frequently used till this day. The word also affects the English history because the word changes
to many different other words that still have the same definition: which is called slang.
Slang is a term of word usage that is developed easily but is like a slogan. It is because once one
person starts to say that word then many people follow and say that word. If the word becomes used a
lot then it gets put in the dictionary and there are many different slang terms for the word, relax.
Some of those terms are the following: chill, be easy, calmz down and many more.


As research was done on the meaning of the word relax, many things were found in common. In the
Webster’s Dictionary the definition of the word relax is to; “make loose or slack, become loose or
slack; ease up from effort or less strict.” In the second dictionary Webster’s concise dictionary,
relax means, “to make lax; slacken; loosen. To make less severe, rigorous, or tense; abate.” Lastly
in the third dictionary, New International Webster’s Pocket Dictionary the word relax is; “to make
lax or loose; make less tight or firm. To make less stringent or severe, as discipline. To abate;
slacken as efforts. To relieve from effort. To become lax or loose; loosen. To become less stringent
or severe. To rest. To unbend; become less formal.” As you can see these definitions have many
similarities, where it shows that the definitions are new.


The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) explains the origin of every word and its definition. The OED is
a very specific dictionary that tells the origin of each word and when it was used. An awkward
definition of the word relax was used in 1546. The meaning of the word was, “To free or discharge (a
person) from restraint, legal process, or penalty.” This definition seems as if it has nothing to do
with the word relax. As you can see when you think of the words meaning you would say to be calm but
this definition doesn’t. Also another definition that seems like an example was, “To return towards
a state of equilibrium”. Again this definition does not have to do with being less tense or anxious,
but this comes to show how definitions of words change over time.


Many famous authors used this word in their books, magazines, poems, and songs. Five hundred
Eighty-seven years ago when the word was discovered the second person to use it was POWER in the
Exposition Philosophy. He wrote, “When the atoms with the Liquor is fully impregnated do relax and
open themselves.” When the meaning of the word changed over time, its new meaning for the year 2002
was completely different. The definition means, “To straighten or partially uncurl (hair) using a
chemical product.” This definition does not seem like it has anything to do with the way one acts,
but an object that will help your hair. In the year 2001 A WHEATTLE wrote in The East of Acre Lane
232, “His hair straight like anyt’ing. He didn’t affe conk it or relax it like most man in his
time”. He talks about how a person’s hair did not have to be combed or relaxed, to look the way it
was.


As you can see when time pasts meanings of words change. The words relax, hanged from being the way
a person acted or felt to an actual object. Honestly the word relax will stay in the dictionary for
a long period of time.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The interesting thing about the word Ping-Pong is that is has no origin. The sport Ping Pong became
popular in England and the United States in the late 19th centaury. The word Ping Pong is not in the
Oxford English dictionary (OED). This word was first commercialized as Ping Pong in the 20th
centaury. It was first called “whiff-Whaff” and “Gossima”. Then the name was later changed to Ping
Pong or Table Tennis. Ping Pong is a sport in England that is taking seriously. It is as serious as
the Red Sox and the Yankees.


According to the Telegraph Paul Drinkhall is a talented young Ping Pong player. He is the top
ranked junior in Europe and British number one youngest player. He loves the sport Ping pong and
says, “It’s the worlds largest participation sport with forty million competitive players.” He
trains in China to prepare for his Ping Pong season. He started playing the sport at the age of
eleven, and was invited to train at the Shundong Table Tennis Center. His dream is to be the best
and win the gold medal for Ping Pong at the Olympics. He also says the reason he is never in England
is because, “I want to train with the best; and the best are in China.


A more experienced Table Tennis Champ named Glenn Cowan was born August 25, 1951. He was a great
Table Tennis player from the New York City. At the age of fifteen he played the United States
championships and won the junior group. He represented California at the United States National
Championship in Detroit. He defeated five top ranked U.S. players. This great player was chosen to
accompany the U.S. Table Tennis team to Nagoya in March 1971 to compete in the world championship.
He won the championship and took home the gold medal as one of the greatest table tennis players
ever.


A famous movie that won awards for its great cast in 1997 called inventing the Abbots used Ping
Pong. A scene from the movie showed two young men playing Ping Pong. They played ping pong because
it helped them release stress that they; had and helped them with decision making. The director Pat
O’ Connor is a British man who loved the sport Ping Pong. He stated that, “As a kid I’ve always
wanted to play Ping Pong but, I was just never physically built for sports”. This shows that Ping
Pong is a frequently played popular sport in Great Britain, and people loved to watch movies about
Ping Pong.


Ping Pong is a great sport and in the future this sport is going to develop. The sport has become
so great that two of the most powerful countries play it. This sport will grow so big that our
communities will set up Ping Pong leagues for people to play. Just like Drinkhall, Cowan, and Connor
Ping Pong may have a great affect on other people’s lives. The popularity of Ping Pong is increasing
and growing.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr.Scheff

The Sophomore English class of Catholic Memorial is learning British Literature. It has been apart
of the English department at CM for many years. In English class we have been reading Shakespeare,
poems, and stories in Old English. This has given me a great experience with British Literature.
However there is no need for British Literature to be taught at CM, it’s a headache.


Looking at what my peers have written about British literature, it shows that they have learned
nothing. In an essay about British Literature sport, Shane W. said, “When the word “sport” is talked
about, most people think of some kind of game or activity involving two teams playing on a field.”
This is common sense and a waist of time to be writing an essay about what the average 8 year old
knows.


Another one of my peers in English class wrote about the sport Lacrosse. The name of this person is
Miachle Woodall. Honestly he did not learn anything from British Literature. He stated that,
“Another unique definition that I found was “lacrosser” and this means one that plays lacrosse.”
This comes to prove that he did not know anything because he just stated the definition of this word
over. Therefore British Literature shouldn’t be taught because it has no positive affect on
students, except the fact that if gives us headaches.


It is pointless to teach British literature. It is because you will never use this type of
literature in your life. One local high school named Hyde Park High does not teach British
Literature. They teach regular grammar to the students, because that is what every person will need
to know in order to achieve in life. In fact the other two local high schools (Charlestown High and
Dorchester High) do not teach British literature.


They don’t because it is a waist of time and they know that kids will never need to use British
Literature in their life. Charlestown teaches English 101 which consists of both grammar and
vocabulary. Dorchester teaches English Literature which is mainly on books and stories. How ever no
school in my local area does not teach British Literature as an English course.

   
   
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