English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  My uncle is crazy in many different ways. He left my mom's car in downtown Boston. Why? Because it ran out of gas. It was the summer of 2000 and my uncle had to get a computer from a store in downtown Boston. Unfortunatly, he didn't have his car because it was in shop, so he borrowed my mom's car. It didn't have alot of gas left, and she forgot to tell him that. A

fter getting the computer from the store, he got in the car and turnned the key, it wouldn't start up. He was thinking, "I can't believe this." He got out of the car and signaled for a taxi. About 20 minutes later he pulled up to the house without my mom's car. She couldn't believe it. Confused she asked him, "where is my car?" He said, "it's in downtown." Why? My mom asked. He said, "it ran out of gas." My mom flipped, "why did you leave my car in downtown?!" My uncle just went inside and called a tow truck to pick up her car.

When her car arrived 1 hour later at the house, the tow truck guy told her that their was a gas station right across the street from where the car was left, so my uncle didn't have to take a taxi cab home. He could of just walked across the street to the gas station and get the car filled.

In conclusion, "don't leave your car with my uncle, or your going to regret it."


















Dear Mr. Thom Gunn,

I would like to inform you that you will not be one of our select few of authors to be put in the next years edition of the Prentice Hall Literature book. As we searched for good poems and stories to be put into our English book, we did not see anything good about any of your poems. We can only fit a certain number of poems and stories in this book, because we want to make it easy for the high school kids to carry it around. We find your poems boring and pointless.

Mr. Thom Gunn, alot of your poems are very confusing and boring. As editors, we would like to make the book fun for high school students to read. We do not want to put the kids to sleep when their reading it. That is why we are not putting you in the English book. Maybe if you work on making your poems more exciting for kids to read then you would have a beeter chance to be an author in the Prentice Hall Literature book.If you were smart and wanted to be in the 2007 edition of the Prentice Hall Literature book, then I would suggest to work on it.

Me not knowing any critcs that bare negative thoughts about you doesn't mean that your a good poet. I'm sure that their is someone who wrote something bad about you.

Best Regards, Mike Dietzel


















Superstition has attacked many poets and readers during the 1600s. Poets wrote poetry and stories about superstition. For example, “Proverbs of Hell,” “Paradise Lost,” “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Frankenstein,” and “Grendel.” All of these stories and poetry have something written about superstition. “The Banshee,” by an anonymous author tells us of banshees that haunt the Irish folk.

When poets write about superstitious acts, it makes us believe more, by reading it from their point of view. For Example, in the story, “The Banshee,” the writer wants us to believe in banshees. “A banshee is to be an immaterial and immortal being.” This anonymous writer writes about the banshees that lurk in Ireland, and tells us how these banshees are a sign of the supernatural world. This is a superstitious belief. When this writer writes about these banshees, he/she wants us to believe in them too.

Superstition was a big deal during the 1600s. Authors at that time made people believe in the supernatural world. British and Irish were really and still are superstitious to some stuff today. Superstitious people, such as, this anonymous writer who writes about banshees, have a belief that there is a supernatural world out there. I am not saying that people back then were more superstitious than people today, but these stories had to have started along time ago.

“The Banshee,” has not been taken to seriously by the people who have heard it, because of the story behind it. William Shakespeare’s story, MacBeth, was taken in considerate to the fact that this stuff about curses has really happened according to accounts in the past.






























In the world today, English is the most fluently used language out there, but mainly in the United States. The English language was used during the 700s till now. Today, not many people understand the English language back in the 700s. The English language has hurt the world, because people today think that if you do not speak English, then you are stupid. People get annoyed when they go to a store and there is a foreign person running the counter that cannot speak good English. English is a very hard language to learn, though words such as tipsy makes it better of a language.

The word “tipsy” is often used to describe someone as very drunk. I am not saying that getting drunk is good, but that the word itself makes it easier to understand the language. When you say the word “tipsy,” it clicks, you know what it means right away. When people think of the word “tipsy,” they think of a word used to describe someone as very drunk. In dictionaries like American Heritage Dictionary and Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, they describe the word as being slightly intoxicated, unsteady, crooked, or very drunk. “Tipsy” is word that does not have a very good background to it. “I was so tipsy last night, I could barely walk.” This is something that someone would say to describe him or her as being drunk. Other synonyms to the word “tipsy” are smashed, blind drunk, crocked, loaded, pie-eyed, etc.

In the Oxford English Dictionary there are six usages of the word “tipsy.” One of the definitions for the word “tipsy” is, to be affected with liquor so as to be unable to walk or stand steadily; partly intoxicated. Another one of the usages is, characterized or accompanied by intoxication; arising from or causing tipsiness. The third definition was, to be affected as if by intoxicating liquor; unsteady as if from drink; inclined to tip or tilt. They also had the word “tipsy key,” which is a kind of watch-key invented by Breguet. Another word that had “tipsy” in it was, “tipsy-topsy,” upset or in disorder as if by tipsy. The last definition for the word “tipsy” was, to make tipsy, tipsify. The Oxford English Dictionary seems to have a good understanding that the word “tipsy” means to be intoxicated by liquor.

I have asked my friends and family what the word “tipsy” meant to them and all of them had a good understanding of the word. They all had the same meaning of it. Their definition for the “tipsy” was “to be drunk.” Joseph McGonegal thought the same thing, but in different words, “drunkenness. A sailor being drunk. Off balanced.” All of the people that knows what the word “tipsy” will probably tell you, “It means to be drunk.” You either know the definition as “being drunk,” or you do not know what word is at all.

People like, Hammer, Milton, and Richardson have used the word “tipsy” in three different ways. In 1577, Hanmer used the word “tipsy” in text. “About ten of the clock, whenas they were somewhat tipsie, and well crammed with victuals (1663).” In 1634, Milton’s usage in text was, “Tipsie dance, and Jollity.” In 1754, Richardson’s usage was, “Lord G. could not keep his seat: He was tipsy poor man with his joy.” Other famous writers like Shakespeare and Middleton have used the word “tipsy” in text.

In conclusion, my opinion on the word “tipsy” has to do with being drunk. This word has not been used in conversations for a while, but if you have ever heard the song, “Err body in the Club Getting Tipsy (J-kwon)," then you should know what it means. Maybe some people do have a hard time understanding the English language, but the word “tipsy” is not that hard of a word to understand.