Passé: (adjective): past one’s prime.
From “There Was Once” by Margaret Atwood:
“There was once a poor girl, as beautiful as she was good, who lived with her wicked stepmother in a house in the forest.”
“Forest? Forest is passé, I mean, I’ve had it with all this wilderness stuff. It’s not a right image of our society, today. Let’s have some urban for a change.”
As one can see, the listener in the story is criticizing the speaker for choosing to use a forest as a setting for the tale. Forests are settings that old tales took place, and therefore outdated, and a change of setting is needed. A much more modern one, that the listener can relate to.
“That hairstyle is so passé.”
Deity – A god or goddess.
I’ve encountered the word “Deity” on the reading called “I Always Write About My Mother When I Started to Write” written by author Bia Lowe. In the reading it is part of the sentences, “She was in every way my female deity.” This was found on the second paragraph, and on page 1 of the reading. After understanding what the word “Deity” means and refer to, I learn that the word was used in the reading to describe how much the author Bia Lowe respect, and loves her mother. “Deity” is a word to describe someone who is beautiful, strong, and powerful, resembling to a god or a goddess. Bia Lowe, believes that her mother beauty is beyond this world, and she emphasize that by describing her in details of how perfect, and beautiful her mother is. BY knowing that Bia Lowe describe her mother as a female “Deity”, this shows Bia obsession for her mother. Bia Lowe claiming “She was in every way my female deity.”, tells us that she is admiring her mother, as the perfect female figure upon all females. This is “Aphrodite” the goddess of “love” and “beauty”, this is what Bia would describe her mother to be.
Buoy: (noun): float 2; especially, nautical: a floating object moored to the bottom to mark a channel or something (such as a shoal) lying under the water.
The word is from, Bio Lowe: I Always Write About My Mother When I Start To Write.
“I wanted to lay them, breathtaking, at her feet, and by doing to bind her heart to mine, ever after to be buoyed up like a raft on a calmed ocean.”
In this sentence the author is trying to expalin how he/she wanted to feel their mother close to her/his heart by thinking of the love towards the mother in the calm ocean.
Gloss: (verb): to provide a gloss for : explain, define
“By the end of the semester, you will have learned at least 15 words of your own choosing plus others your classmates have glossed for you (scroll down to the 4th instance of the word, definitions 1a and b).” (Blogging Project guidelines)
This means that by the end of the semester, everyone will have done 15 words, so we each benefit from the definitions and explanations our classmates provide on the site.
Today we introduced ourselves by sharing what have we read recently.
We also shared our thoughts on the questions:
What is Fiction? What do we think about when we think about fiction?
Answer in a word or a short phrase.
Here are your responses:
Anything is possible
Not real life
Based on real life
Not based on real life
Not current events
Stories people come up with
Ideas and emotions of writer act as life force
More than books
Anything not real life
Portal into another realm
Ideal version of reality
Represented a different way, here are your responses: