Of Words and Wizards

When we say something, there might be more meaning behind the words we say than we intend.  The difference between denotation and connotation is often presented as an example supporting this point.  Almost like different shades of color, there are different shades of meaning: wacky doesn’t mean the same thing as downright insane or deranged or kooky or weird.

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Well, the probably are synonyms on Dictionary.com, but they are used in different settings to suggest something about a subject.  However, words aren’t the only things that say something: appearances can also make a big impact on how the world “hears” us.  For example, if I came to class wearing a scowl and somber colored clothes and slouched in my chair, I would give off a different vibe.  Don’t imagine that, that ‘s a horrible outfit for me.

Has anyone ever been worried about what people might think, when they say something that could come off wrong? Continue reading “Of Words and Wizards”

Of Words and Wizards

The SOAPSTone of the Week: 09/07-09/14

To whom it may concern, SOAPSTone is, as defined by the Collegeboard, “a method for dissecting the work of professional writers.”  Arguably the “main point” of AP English language, SOAPSTone is something I’ll be using a lot this year, ergo I decided to implement SOAPSTone into my blog.

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Unfortunately, I’m not talking about this kind of soapstone; kitchen decor will simply have to wait.

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The SOAPSTone of the Week: 09/07-09/14

Pilot: First Episode in Blogging

I’ve never really understood what a pilot episode was.  Maybe “pilot” was an inside joke of some sort.  Maybe “pilot” was something everyone but me found catchy and cool.

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I finally caved in to my curiosity and looked up the definition of a pilot episode, which is a first episode used to test the waters, see who’s watching the series and predict if the show will sink or float in the vast sea of TV shows.  According to TIME Magazine’s “Ready for Takeoff: 10 Greatest TV Pilot Episodes”, a pilot episode “should intrigue you enough  to make you want to come back for the next installment.”  I guess a pilot episode hasn’t ever worked its magic over me then.  The only TV show I watch periodically is Jeopardy, which doesn’t have an episode explicitly titled “Pilot”.  It has a first episode of course, but it doesn’t have the “Pilot” episode and doesn’t come out with fancy, clever titles every episode like other TV shows.  Maybe the fact that Jeopardy is a game show is a significant detail.  Nonetheless, Jeopardy and pilot episodes aside, I needed something to start my blog. Continue reading “Pilot: First Episode in Blogging”

Pilot: First Episode in Blogging