05 December 2007

A Perturbed Homeschooler

It is beyond me how a 4th grader searching for the meaning of the word, application, is supposed to grasp this:

The act of applying.

Am I the only person who was taught that one never defines a word using the word itself, or any root or form of the same word?

Santa, please bring me a decent dictionary.



Blogger Lance said...

Maybe this definition will clear it up:

A document one fills out, in order to begin the process of employment (i.e, "being employed").

1:28 PM  
Blogger Christianne said...

I hate when dictionaries do this, too. It's like looking up any form of the root word sends you on a rabbit chase to finally wind up looking up the root word: apply. Blah.

9:30 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Quite amusing.

At that point, I'm sure I would have started with hand gestures.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Erin, this is when you need to take matters into your own hands and merely sound it out to find the definition:

App - the beginning of the word "apple" which is a fruit, so the beginning of fruit (a seed)

lic - to move your tongue over the surface of something

at - having arrived

ion - a charged particle

Hence: Application - the point at which a tongue has arrived to and moved over a charged seed particle

Let your intuition be your guide. Remember that I am a product of homeschooling, and this was always my method.

P.S. Don't tell Mom. She thinks I actually used Mr. Webster's mumbo jumbo.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I love words--how they sound in my ear, how they feel on my tongue, how they look on a page.
But I can't define for the life of me.
I was doing ESL tutoring. We were reading Nancy Drew together, and my student asked, "What is looming?"
Uh, looming? You know, it's looming. Like a big mountain. Or a scary fog. Or an upcoming birthday that means you're too old.
You know, looming.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Note to self: Send daughter to the blogging community for handy definitions.
She may flunk all of her SAT verbal questions, but she'll sure have a vivid and colorful imagination.

You guys are better (or at least funnier) than Merriam- Webster any day.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Willowtree said...

Sorry, I can't help, my dictionary just says "Refer Preparation H".

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erin -- You crack me up, and I miss you. Sorry I haven't stopped by here in a while. Hope you are well.

8:09 PM  
Blogger gramarty said...

In my day it meant to put something on something else but now it's not really PC for words to have specific meanings, is it? I mean, doesn't it depend on the application?

1:33 AM  
Blogger gramarty said...

Remember...every unique usage requires questioning...which is more succinctly expressed as poxleubx.

1:36 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Yes Mom, the application of application really depends upon it's application. And employment.

8:04 PM  

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