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Definition Essay

Definition Essay

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Rima 1Wendy RimaCollege Composition IIDefinition Essay3/12/11What a DayYesterday I woke up at 4:30 in the morning to embark on my journey to the cities towatch our hockey team play their second game in the state tournament. It was supposed to bea considerably tolerable day trip. Riding twelve hours in one day on a bus isnt the mostpleasant, but it was an afternoon game so we should have arrived home around ten that night.I was looking forward to being able to go and watch the game and then go home and sleep inmy own bed. Luckily for me though, all of our plans went out the window and we ended upturning our six hour ride home into 19 hours of bliss.Our trip started out perfectly as soon as we left the Xcel Center. We couldnt have left ata better time; it was 4:30 in the afternoon on a Friday, perfect timing to get us right into themiddle of stand-still rush hour traffic. I was thrilled that it took us an hour to drive what shouldhave taken twenty minutes. But dont start getting worried thinking that we got bored oranything during that time; we had lots of fun things to talk about. My personal favorite was thestrong possibility that we would be running into a huge snow storm. What could be moreexciting right?
 
Rima 2After that things were pretty boring for awhile. There wasnt any traffic, the weatherwas cooperating, and I fell asleep for a little bit. I was starting to get disappointed thateverything was so mundane until, thank goodness, we made an entirely necessary stop at theClearwater Truck Stop. After only a little over an hour on the road we all definitely needed tostop to go to the bathroom and eat, like I dont know how we would have made it any further.It is also a good thing that we stayed there for over a half an hour. Sitting around for no reasonwith nothing to do is one of my favorite past times, and this increased our chances to run intothat amazing storm everyone was talking about. Plus, who doesnt love sitting around in a gasstation? Theyre just so darn fun.Im sure that youll be happy to hear that I saved the best part of the trip for last. Notlong after we got back on the road we started to run into that wonderful snow storm. I was sohappy to find out that it hadnt been all hype, and it really was just as bad as everyone said itwould be. As the road conditions worsened, we made some great decisions to pass throughlarge towns that would actually offer us a place to stay. I think we were all pretty thankful forthis, driving 15 miles per hour and fearing for our lives made for a much more exciting bus ride.Eventually though, they made the decision to have us stop and stay overnight at the ShootingStar Casino in Mahnomen. This was way more exciting than just driving super slow, because itguaranteed that we wouldnt be home until morning. Just when I thought things couldnt getany better, we got the news that they couldnt put us all in rooms so we would be sleeping onthe floor of one of their conference rooms. What could be better than sleeping on a hard floorin a freezing, smoke scented room filled with a bunch of annoying underclassmen? Well nothingI can think of any way, it was like a dream come true.
 
Rima 3When I was given the assignment to choose one word and write a paper defining it, Iwas completely overwhelmed by all of the possibilities that I had to write about. But afteryesterday, I found the word that I wanted to write about after realizing that it plays a prettyfrequent role in my life: sarcasm. Everything prior to this paragraph, excluding my firstparagraph, is a series of ridiculously sarcastic comments. Many of these I said out loudyesterday, or if I didnt, was thinking them at some point or another. So no, I didnt actuallyenjoy rush hour traffic, stopping at that gas station, or getting stuck in a snow storm. Butinstead of just saying wow this is terrible, I am inclined to use sarcasm to show my dislike forthings.Sarcasm can be simply explained as a witty form of humor that usually mocks or insultssomeone or something. I like to view it as a much more clever way to show your dislike forsomething. Sarcasm comes naturally to me, because Im very outspoken and I dont have a lotof sympathy or patience for stupidity or things that annoy me. It gives me the opportunity tosay what I think or comment on things, while keeping the rudeness under the radar. I wouldalso agree that sarcasm is a more hostile form of humor, but lets get real here, insultingsomeone in the form of a joke is a genius idea. If people think youre joking they wont take it aspersonally because they wont want to be seen as the poor sport, plus they usually will give youcredit that it was, in fact, funny. This allows you to get away with saying so much more, as longas youre quick-witted enough to do it correctly.This brings me to a very important detail of sarcasm, to use it, you have to be sharp.According to Psychology Today, Just blurting out an insult is pedestrian at best. But a sarcastic

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