Blog Post #2- Essay

The word serious means a variety of things, because many people will interpret words in their own way. If you asked ten people what the word serious meant you would receive ten different answers. That is what occurred in COMP-150 on Friday, we were all asked to define the word serious.

This applies to this course because this course is studying and researching language. So understanding that each person will define a word in their own way is crucial to the writing process. This is because then you would have to be sure to set the tone correctly to insure that the reader interprets the word in the same way you do when writing it. When we say or use a word it could have a whole different meaning or definition the receiver.

The class discussion that took place on Friday has shown us that ordinary words that we all use every day are incredibly hard for us to define. We all just assume that everyone has the same understanding of a word that we do. Which in reality isn’t true because everyone grew up differently, in different settings, and with different influences that define their understanding of words in a specific language.

In COMP-150 we must be aware of different understandings to be a better writer. We need to be able to transfer out understanding to the reader, so they can see and understand whats been written exactly as we have written it. That is why it is so crucial to grasp the concept of the different definitions of a word when writing.


Mistakes made in papers:

  • Books are put in italics not quotes.
  • Turn signals are a convention.
  • Italics signal a book citation.
  • Be consistent in errors.
  • Preliminary matter is double spaced.

Home Work for the weekend:

  • Blog first post- type notes from today
  • Take 4 hour break
  • Second post- Essay on notes and relation to this class
  • Take 4 hour break
  • Third post- Essay on notes relating to our education as a whole

Classroom Discussion:

  • Transfer= connections; the use of one discipline in other disciplines.
  • Common comments- “I didn’t get anything out of that class” “It was a waste of time” “It is of no use to me” “I’ll never use that class”
  • We constantly talk about transfer.
  • Classes do not transfer because students aren’t pushed to make connections.
  • Plagiarism- Inability to paraphrase
  • Bring MLA format to blog whenever possible
  • Different site- paper, blog, text message, conversation.
  • Wide range open discussion, we are pushing to understand language, tease out subtleties in words, and push against commonly held assumptions.
  • In process we develop skills as critical thinkers.
  • Discovering how difficult writing is.
  • What does the word serious mean?
  • Precious- ” I don’t know, ┬ásomething that’s not kidding around” She established what the word is not.
  • Luke- ” A solemn attempt or attitude”
  • It is hard to expand on simple ordinary words.
  • Sydney- “Serious Texas BBQ, not serious thoughts”
  • Leighton- “Focused and determined”
  • CJ- “See it as a tone, in which you feel uncomfortable”
  • Setting and atmosphere play into how we define a word.
  • Katie- “Attempt on one’s part to make ourselves understood,”
  • Bean- “Communicating something important with conviction”
  • Carli- “First thought is from Batman ‘Why so serious'”
  • Sam- Going towards a goal with a motivated and driven mind set”
  • Norene- “Legitament and persistant”
  • Justin L- “Full bodied attempt, not holding anything back”
  • Justin R- “Emotion that shows the magnitude of the situation”
  • Mangrum- Emotion the matches or rises
  • Sam D- “Affirming realness and importance of a situation”
  • Kevin- “Not in simply speaking but in expecting something will be done; demanding”
  • James- “It’s an adjective”
  • Justin R- “It’s a que or signal”