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Disdain: A Modern Reflection on its Causality and Something Clearly Connected to the Thesis


Disdain is a common emotion which is widespread in the present world and poised to become
more influential despite apparent decline. Historically, the term 'disdain' been used to describe
cases such as the one in which a treasurer had "disdain" (Watts, 2013, p. 1 maybe) for Lousiana's
budget. In other cases, disdain is more general, such as disdain for science (Rist, 1977), partial
disdain (Jackson, 1993) or even exquisite disdain (Dunagan, 2013). Over the past few decades,
the world has seen the stunning transformation of disdain, disdain and disdain. In this essay, I
argue that disdain is first paragraph, second paragraph and third paragraph.

Topic sentence of first paragraph includes disdain, alerting the TA marking this essay that one of
the rubric criteria has been fulfilled. It is easy to "generalize things so no one knows the
underlying truth" (Moonyeen Montojo, personal communication, January 1, 2018); this shows a
need to be explicit about exactly what is meant by the word 'disdain'. According to (2017), a word that is the same length as 'disdain', 'paludal', which is seven
characters, can mean "of or relating to marshes" (Wednesday, August 16, 2017 section).
Therefore, it may be easily extrapolated that 'disdain' indeed means "of or relating to marshes"
as well. One group of researchers asserts that "within ecology, there has been a move from
disdain for—or ambivalence towards—the city, towards an engagement with, and even
indulgence for, urban matters" (Salomon Cavin & Kull, 2017, p. 3472). Certainly, this ecology
pertains therefore to marshes as mentioned by the authoritative definition. Unfortunately, the
aforementioned article holds no further relevance to disdain and its modern applications and
development and there is nothing more to write in this paragraph. Turning now to paragraph
two, we intend to enlighten the reader further on disdain.

With the topic sentence of second paragraph, it has been scientifically revealed that disdain is a
useful tool for leaders. For example, "leaders sometimes disdain tasks they deem unworthy"
(DeWall, Baumeister, Mead & Vohs, 2011). However, the causes of such disdain have been the
subject of intense debate within the scientific community. One enlightening article by Mallén,
Chiva, Alegre & Guinot (2015) titled "Are altruistic leaders worthy? The role of organizational
learning capability" contains some key words on this topic and may or may not elaborate on the
causation of disdain of those in positions of leadership. The main weakness with this theory is
that the author has not "bothered to read all of it [the article] and actually not even [any of it]"
(Rachael Rode, personal communication, January 1, 2018). Conclusion sentence of second
paragraph will then segue skillfully into the third point on the topic of disdain.

Turning once more to words to further convey the argument, we type more words about disdain
in the third paragraph. Once again, biological disdain becomes important; one study proved that
female swordfish disdained swords in male swordfish (Wong & Rosenthal, 2006). Therefore,
swords are generally seen as a factor strongly related to disdain. "I think a gun can be used like a
sword in a movie," described Dartmouth native Eisener in an article which also contained the
keyword "disdain" in the title (Howell, 2011). The suggestion that a gun may be used like a sword
in a movie must be interpreted with caution because the statement does not address concerns
including the following: may a single molecule be used as a sword also? May a fresh walnut be
used as a sword? These data are therefore partial; and "if complete answers cannot be
produced, partial ones are to be held in disdain" (Jackson, 1993, p. 557). Here, the concept of
partial disdain elucidates the present concerns, drawing the reader into a recurring argument
which poses many questions and answers none, much like this essay itself. To conclude this
section, the literature identifies that the keyword 'disdain' is present in the clincher sentence of
the third paragraph.

It has become clear that the number of disdain reached a peak during some point in history, but
despite decrease in spread of use, particular cases of disdain have become increasingly
influential. Many modern youth harbor a "disdain for false affectation" (Dunagan, 2013, p. 20),
which may be interpreted as an outcome of the points in paragraph one, two and three. Another
important conclusion drawn from the three paragraphs is explained here, and at this point, the
author separates all contractions into two separate words to increase word count of the overall
essay. Finally, clearly disdain is a phrase strikingly similar to the original statement of the thesis,
so one more box on the rubric may be checked off by the TA marking this essay, hopefully raising
the student's grade by a few percentage points, enabling the student to pass the course, achieve
their degree, and become another mindless product of the bureaucratic Canadian education
system, one who is only able to follow rules and rehash provided information without any
original thought.

Works Cited

DeWall, C., Baumeister, R., Mead, N., & Vohs, K. (2011). How leaders self-regulate their task
performance: Evidence that power promotes diligence, depletion, and disdain. Journal Of
Personality And Social Psychology, 100(1), 47-65. (2017). paludal - Word of the Day | Retrieved 2

January 2018, from

Dunagan, P. (2013). Exquisite Disdain. American Book Review, 34(2), 20-21.

Howell, P. (2011, Mar 22). Hauer: Pacifist with a shotgun? Toronto Star Retrieved from

Jackson, R. (1993). Partial Disdain. The Musical Times, 134(1808), 556.

Louisiana Budget Plan Draws Treasurer's Disdain. (2013, March 6). The Bond Buyer, 122(33872).
Retrieved from
Mallén, F., Chiva, R., Alegre, J., & Guinot, J. (2015). Are altruistic leaders worthy? The role of
organizational learning capability. International Journal Of Manpower, 36(3), 271-295.


DISDAIN TO DETENTE. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 8(2), 42-49.

Salomon Cavin, J., & Kull, C. (2017). Invasion ecology goes to town: from disdain to sympathy.
Biological Invasions, 19(12), 3471-3487.

Wong, B., & Rosenthal, G. (2006). Female Disdain for Swords in a Swordtail Fish. The American
Naturalist, 167(1), 136-140.