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Homework Help: Creative Writing

Posted by y912f on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 12:35pm.

i have an assignment which i'm really confused on. here it is:

usually when you want ot define a word, you reach for a dictionary because that's the best source for finding the precise meaning, or definition, of a word. however, we will explore the ways writers sometimes extend definitions by illustrating how some words go far beyond their dictionary definitions.

for example; when you look up the word KNOWLEDGE in the dictionary, the most common definition will look something like this: "Acquaintance with facts, truths or principles, as from study or investigation; familiarity, as with a subject, language, or branch of learning." and while such definitions provide the basic meaning of the word knowledge, they don't discuss the fact that each person's experiences may extend that basic definition, adding many facets to that term.
let's say mary believes that knowledge consists of the facts, truths, and principles that everyone accepts, such as the understanding that the world is round, and that the human body is made up mostly of water. but mary, who lives in a rural area, also thinks of knowledge as the practical learning that she has attained in order to live successfully in her environment.
to mary, the knoledge that snakes are afraid of moving objects, such as pinwheels, might encourage her to put pinwheels in her country garden to keep the snakes away...

the assignment says: Write a paragraph in which you extend the definition of one of the following words or phrases:P snacking; doing chores; getting dressed; or hanging out. use your own experiences in creating your paragraph.

i don't get it at all :(

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