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Definition Paper Introduction
Introduction In the introduction, begin with an explanation of what it is you will be evaluating. Include a definition of the word in quotations (to meet requirement) and add parenthetical citation at end Example
Example Meriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines eavesdrop
as “to listen secretly to what is said in private.”
Eavesdropping is a popular term, though often
negatively viewed. Where once it was merely used by
people listening to others, it has advanced
technologically. Devices used for this include a process
known as Van Eck phreaking, used by the U.S.
government. Whatever the view, the word eavesdrop
has many connotations. Second Paragraph
Using the etymonline dictionary list the original meaning of the term and the language it originated from. If given, mention on how it was used (medically, lit, etc.) Example
Its first use was a literal one, to describe the rain
falling or dropping off the eave of a roof. According
to etymonline it is from Old english yfesdrype "place
around a house where the rainwater drips off the
roof…" The use of this was similar in that the water
could fall on and destroy a neighbor’s land, very
much like eavesdropping can destroy someone
else’s life. For the most part, however, an
eavesdrop is looked more upon as listening and the
drop lands up disappearing into a gutter and
downspout of a roof.
downspout Cultural and Stipulative
Cultural and Stipulative
Most commonly accepted view of the word. This should be what it means to general society, based on views of culture in movies, speech, videos, tv, or news. Example
Example Eavesdropping is currently views by most people in society to be listening to discussions that one should not. It is usually done without permission. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security currently uses eavesdropping in the form of wire tapping in order to attempt would be terrorists from completing their plots. Negative Negative Looks at how the word is used in negative ways. This can be related to the examples for a cultural view, though it should be separate and the cultural view should be less biased. Example
Example Cell phones can record speech and pictures which is not truly freedom of speech and violates privacy. Eavesdropping can create rumors and destroy people’s lives. These eavesdropped discussions then can be posted online and lead to detrimental bullying and possibly suicide.
Hackers use techniques in eavedropping to violate victims. Conclusion
The conclusion should sum up your personal evaluation without using “I.” This should be based on the facts and scenarios developed in the essay as well as looking at how the general public would view it. Works cited
“eavesdrop” mw.com Meriam Webster Incorporated, 2011. Web. 27 March 2011.
“eavesdrop” online etymology dictionary. Harper Douglas, 2001
2010. Web. 27 March 2011. ...
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- Spring '11