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I am pretty pleased with the result of this paper. I think I used a more personal and creative style of writing. I wrote it more like how I would talk and less like a formal business paper. I really didn’t know what I was going to do the paper on but with a bit of thinking I came up with relating writing to math, which I think turned out well overall. It may be a stretch at times but I’m sure everyone has read worse . The Math of Words I’ll start off with a little bit of history. Not the boring kind of history that you learn in school, but the history of me. Some of you still may find this boring but I am going to tell you anyway. As a kid I was just like most normal kids and didn’t like to read or write because it was schoolwork and school was no fun at all. While I still think schoolwork is awful and no fun to do I realize some of its importance now. Now back to the history of me. Once I got a little older, around 12 or 13, I started to read a little more. The reason being, they were not schoolbooks I was reading, I was reading the books that I wanted too and the ones that I found interesting. The primary author I liked was Dean Koontz. I read a good bit of some of his series which are more like Sci-fi books but they are not too far fetched to just be ridiculous. I read about 5 of his books and then I got tired of reading so I stopped reading. I went through high school not really reading the required books because
spark notes and movies make reading fun. “We make reading fun (and easy)Sparknotes” that should be their motto in my opinion. Now that I am in college I have not had to really read a whole book, which is completely fine by me. I thought college was all about reading when I first came but I have now realized it is more about writing. Writing, that’s it, that’s what I am going to write this paper on. Why? Because I have to. Well, not technically writing, but literacy, which pretty much relates to writing. As I was walking back to my room from my physics class I was thinking what in the world is an engineering major who hates writing going to write a paper about writing on. I know all that sounds complicated, but it is. I’m not a writer, I never have been, and I most likely never will be. I like numbers not letters. When someone says let us dot some I’s and cross some T’s I would rather cross my t to make a plus sign and put a dot on the I to make an imaginary number. To me, numbers are more proven than words. Numbers are fact and you can prove they are fact. Letters and words can be fact but can also be fiction and not able to be proven. As for me, I need proof to believe things. I guess that is the engineer personality coming out in me. I have been thinking though and I came to a conclusion. Math and words go hand in hand. Yea, I said it, Math and words are basically the same thing. No I’m not high or wasted, I promise. Think about it though. Each letter is like a number. It is useless without something else. What is that something else? That little something that makes numbers mean something is a formula. You can have three numbers that mean absolutely nothing but when you plug them into a formula you get a final
number that actually means something to you. The same goes for letters. You can have just random letters but they do not mean anything. For example, hnjwbncjbwdubvubwyibubouqbco. I know you are wandering what in the hell that means. Quite frankly, so am I. Those letters are nothing when they are just thrown on a page. They have no meaning to you, or to me and I am the one the put them there. In order for these letters to mean something they, just like the numbers, need that little something to pull them together and bring meaning to them. They need a formula. In writing though, it is not called a formula it is called a word. Yes, a word. Those things we speak with everyday, yea that’s them. Now I will try and attempt to explain all this. Words are the formula which you plug individual letters into to get a product to mean something. As an example formula (word), L+I+T+E+R+A+C+Y=LITERACY. See there is math involved to make words. While you may think this a stretch, this for me makes words interesting. I may sound like a nerd saying I like to make my words interesting by adding math to them. But deep down I am a nerd, I actually enjoy math. I like being able to work and the see the result at the end. That is another way writing is like math. When you are writing you are plugging in all the numbers (letters) into the formulas (words) and when you are done you get to see the final result. It’s a good feeling looking back at all the work you have done and then looking at the final product and seeing how far you have came. And it’s an even better feeling knowing that you are done and don’t have to do any more. And on that note…The End.