Definition Essay - Defining the Word Private

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Definition Essay – Defining the Word Private

As time progresses, so does the English language. We use many words out of context. But depending on the person, time, and maybe the location a new meaning may be adopted for any word. As well as actual definitions of words. Since 1913, when The Merriam- Webster dictionary was published, the meaning of the word private has changed, but not drastically.

Since the earliest publication of the three dictionaries, the use of private and its context has not changed much. There are not many different ways the word private can be used that would not be different from when the word was first published in dictionaries. Everyday conversations that include "private" have not evolved into
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The definitions were relatively familiar, with a few questionable definitions. One unfamiliar definition according to The Shorter Oxford Dictionary is "P. parts, the pudenda 1885." This definition is very unfamiliar. The word pudenda is not located in The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, but is found in the The American Heritage Dictionary, defined as "The human external genital organs, especially of a woman. Often used in the plural." That was unfamiliar, but after looking up one of the words in the definition everything is clear now. The pudenda is referring to the private parts.

Since the beginning of the semester, the SLWP work that has been the complete opposite of private. It's out for the whole world to see, everything posted on the pages. Private is being kept or removed from the public view or knowledge. Not open to the public or not publicly done, performed, or distributed. As stated in The Shorter Oxford Dictionary. The Service Learning Projects for this writing class is accessible to all who own computers and can afford the internet. Or the "tech haves", as said by Jonathan Altar in "Bridging the Digital Divide. "

Even though the English language has progressed tremendously, the way private has been used and its context has not. Private still means exactly

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