I have been enjoying Eng. 240. Only a week in a half into the class and I have learned so much. One of the discussion board topics this week I found extremely fun. The topic is about euphemisms. I found this such a fun topic because I am the type of person who speaks things how they are. I never realized how many different euphemisms there were until this discussion board. Once I stopped to think about it I actually chuckled to myself out loud. I found most of the euphemisms that I came up with were words or phrases to not offend others, or shall I say to be more polite. Like I said, I am not one to to say things settle but rather bluntly. My most difficult task in life is to say things truthfully without being to rough. This is truly my biggest mountain when working on personal growth. Here is a list of few of my favorite/fun euphemisms that I brained stormed this week: big boned (fat), adult entertainment (porn), private parts, knocked up, happy hour, bite the dust, lady of the night, passed away (died), mixologists (bartender), restrooms, custodian (janitor).
I also really enjoyed learning from my readings yesterday. Orwell went over how writing has changed through history. I learned 6 rules to follow to try and to make my writing more clear. These 6 rules are: never use a metaphor, simile, or other figures of speech, long word where a short one will do, if able to cut out a word then cut it out, passive where you can use the active, foreign phrase, scientific word, or jargon if you can use a everyday word, break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Last I have to mention the thought I had this morning before logging onto Eng. 240. I was driving my car this morning thinking about the classmates of Eng 240. So far out of all the classes I have taken with NU this class ranks my highest on the scale of best classmates. I really have enjoyed the discussion boards with this particular class the most. Some of the students have been very kind with suggestions and kind with their words to me. There are a few who have really made the discussions a lot of fun by not using serious topics for examples, yet I have been able to learn the concepts in a fun way. For all of those of you, who read this blog, that are in Eng 240, I want to say thank you to all of you for making this a great experience.....teacher included!!