English 10: Writing Portfolio
|Essay the first: Origins|
|Essay the second: Literature|
|I grew up in West Roxbury, and everyone knew who I was.
When my little brother Robbie, was born he was known as Jimmy Gorman’s
little brother. Now my Robbie was not your typical three year old. Both
physically, and mentally, he was ahead of most three year olds. Picture a
hundred and ten pound short, puggy kid with a smile on his face and that was
my little brother Robbie. Robbie loved sports and was always active, you
wouldn’t have been able to tell by the size of him.
When I was twelve I had the Mayor’s Cup Baseball Tournament in “Southie.” Being that the tournament was run by the mayor, you knew there was going to be an appearance from good old “Mumbles” Menino. Robbie was at the stage where my mom let him carry around a baseball , a bat and a big orange cone for a tee, so of course he had to bring it to the baseball tournament. While Mayor Menino was making his rounds, shaking hands and trying to gather up votes for his next election, he came across Robbie trying to hit his ball off his tee. Now that was mayor Menino’s first mistake, going near Robbie with a full sized metal baseball bat, you just don’t do that. The mayor thought he would try and teach my little brother how to hit the ball off the tee, but what he didn’t know was how good Robbie was and if he swung that bat and you got in his way it was going to hurt. So he asked Robbie for the bat so he could show him how to hit the ball. That was mistake Number two, Don’t take something from a three year old, especially Robbie.
Now keep in mind the mayors photo crew was there taking pictures for publicity so they took a nice action picture of Mayor Menino teaching my brother how to hit the baseball off the tee. The mayor went to go shake Robbie’s hand, after the picture and Robbie being only three he didn’t want any part of it. He just wanted his bat back. No sooner did Mr. Menino give Robbie his bat back, Robbie had already gotten one more powerful swipe right into the mayor’s.....well lets just say he almost nailed Mayor Menino right where the sun don’t shine. It’s funny, I’ve never seen a man that old and of that size move so fast to get out of the way of something. When the newspapers got the picture of Mayor Menino helping Robbie hit the ball off of his tee, the caption said “Mayor Menino teaches little Robbie Gorman a thing or two about playing baseball.” Now I wish they had gotten the picture of the mayor almost getting hit where it counts. the caption for that picture probably would have said “Big Robbie Gorman teaches Mayor Menino a thing or two about playing baseball.
Now remember how I said everyone knew me, and everyone knew Robbie as Jimmy Gorman’s little brother.Well, after that little incident, Robbie had made a name for himself, and I had also made a new name. I went from being Jimmy Gorman, to being known as Robbie Gorman’s Big Brother. Now sometimes that's good and sometimes that's bad, but hey, I’ll live with it. This story has taught me that you don’t take something from me or my family without getting a little something in return. Now that something could be both good or bad. But in this case, with Mayor Menino, he got the bad end.
Dear Doris Lessing,
I want to thank you for submitting your work to be published in next year's Soph Touch tenth grade British literature textbook. Looking over all the works that I have received, like the one you have submitted, it was an extremely hard decision to eliminate one, never mind a number of works from all the talented authors. There is no easy way to say this, but unfortunately your work was not chosen to be part of next year's text book. Our textbook tries to challenge the young minds of tenth graders, while at the same time provide them with a deep understanding of the works they are reading and your works are just to hard to understand. It is for these reasons that you will not be included in next years Soph Touch textbook.
As I have stated we try to take the next step in challenging our readers, but as you now that next step can only be taken so far before it becomes hard for the reader to understand. In you story “A Mild Attack of locusts” it says “Looking out, all the trees were queer and still, clotted with insects, their boughs weighed to the ground.” If I were a tenth grade student I would have no idea what you were talking about. Most tenth graders would never use the words queer or boughs when referring to a tree.
Like of have stated previously you work are to hard for tenth graders to comprehend. Apparently I am no the only one who thinks this. As www.brothersjudd.com has stated, “Her(Doris Lessing’s) books are very tough to read.” If a grown person with their own website is having a tough time comprehending your literature how is a tenth grader going to fare when he or she tries to read it.
Thank you for submitting your work to us and although your work wasn’t chosen for this edition , I encourage you to continue working and writing until it is accepted in some book or collection of writings. I hope this letter was not a rejection for you, rather a stepping stone in your career.
Good luck, Editor-In- Chief of Soph Touch Books Jimmy Gorman
The English language is just one of the many ways that we chose to communicate. It is hard to believe that there are over 800,000 words in the English language and the number is growing everyday. The word “flask” is just one of those 800,000 words that help make millions of the sentences that we use in our daily life everyday. The word has evolved over years of different meanings and usages. Through the use of the word “flask” it has been able to shape the universe into a better place.
From the beginning of the word “flasco” or “flask,” it meant a “container or bottle” which originated in Germanic times and was translated into Old English. Today we see the word as “a wooden container for holding liquor and sand mold,” as told to us by The American Heritage Dictionary. The word “flask” also has medical uses as we see in Merriam Webster’s Medical Dictionary it states, “a flask is a blown-glass vessel used for technical purposes in a lab.” However, the Princeton University Online Dictionary defines a “flask” as “a bottle with a narrow neck to hold liquor.” Through these three dictionaries it is easy to see that the universe word not have been able to function without the word “flask.”
The famous Oxford English Dictionary defines “flask” as “a vessel of wood, skin or other material for carry liquor.” It has an estimated birth date is in the year 900. It was used in Werferth Gregorial Dial “The Areowene Fatu wines fulle on Syndon on Floyan Zegatene.” Around 1549 the OED says that “flask” grew to mean “a case of leather or metal (formerly often of horn) carried by soldiers or sportsmen to hold gunpowder.” Once again the word “flask” is only helping the universe. How would soldiers be able to fight in wars without their flasks?
The word “flask” is still very much alive in our culture today. Instead of meaning “a wooden container for liquid and sand mold,” it now comes to mean something a little different. Fifty-eight percent of the people I asked said, it was “something you drink out of.” While Mr. Kyle Woolley said “it’s a container for holding booze,” with a grin on his face, which has developed as just a container for holding liquid. When Mr. Joesph McGonagle was asked what a flask meant to him he state, “my Scottish monogrammed flask that was given to me.” Judging by the smile on his face it must have brought found memories. A “flask” has been commonly compared to liquor in our lives nowadays. It’s easy to see this in Ryan Garrety’s definition of flask “it is a concealable alcohol consumption device.” Judging by the reaction of these people the word “flask” instills happiness for people who speak the English language all over this universe.
We have seen “flask” used as a noun, but it has had uses as an adverb too. In the Science Magazine’s October 2004 edition it uses the word to describe the shape of a cell. It states, “ Caveolae, microscopic flask-shaped structures at the cell surface can promote the internalization of a variety of ligands and viruses.(21)” In the Science Magazine’s April 2004 edition it says, “The article presents information on non-treated tissue culture multi-dishes and easy-flaks that are designed for reasearch in living cells in which attachment is not needed.(705)” With more then more use of the word it is hard to see how this word is not helping the universe evolve.
Even people who use English as their second language have uses of the word “flask.” David Abichaker who speaks Arabic as his first language said, that the first word that came to mind to him when he thought of the word was “perfume.” Christine Abichaker had a little different definition for “flask” when she told said,”a metal rectangle that holds liquid,“trying to hold back her smile. Proving that the word is changing Paul Egan referred to “flask” as “skin.” when foreign language speakers have used the word its truly must be pushing the universe forward.
After being around for thousands of years and many meanings, its amazing to see how the word “flask” has evolved over time. Through this single word we have seen literature, speech and even foreign language benefit from the use of it all over the word. Thank you “flask” for your dedicated services to the English language and the universe.