Monday, September 21, 2009

Lecture 2: Parts of Speech Quiz and Introductory Blog Post

Remember to include your full name along with a title for your blog post (your name should appear in the title of the post). Also be sure to tag/label your post with "blogging term project" only. Please refrain from adding any other labels to the posts that form part of your blogging term project.


  1. 1. New York Post

    President Obama today greeted Gov. Paterson as "a wonderful man," neglecting to mention his political track record a day after a report emerged that the White House had told the governor not to run for office next year.

    1. “President” denotes importance.
    2. “Gov” denotes position but is played down as less important by being shortened.
    3. “Wonderful” describes the man that Obama is dealing with setting a positive tone for the article.
    4. “A” lets the reader know that it’s been one day versus two or three.

    2. Times online (UK Edition)

    The Liberal Democrats today pledged a tax raid on wealthy homeowners.
    In a bid to tempt traditional Labour voters

    1. “The” Liberal Democrats as a whole versus “a” Liberal Democratic.
    2. “A” denotes a singular event.
    3. “Wealthy” describes what kind of homeowners. We may have more sympathy if it were poor homeowners.
    4. “A” again denotes once single event.

    3. Edmonton Journal

    A nursing expert suspects an ethics complaint against health services boss Stephen Duckett is just one more issue in a months-long battle between the CEO and health professionals.

    1. “An” denotes one expert.
    2. “Nursing” lets the reader know what kind of expert.
    3. “An” denotes one complaint.
    4. “Ethics” lets the reader know what kind of complaint.

    There is informal language being used i.e. shorting governor to gov. Abbreviations are used in all three newspapers. Times online uses direct headlines shortening words versus the other two papers using complete words. The New York Post is flashier than the other newspapers and tends to draw the reader to the main story.

  2. The London Times:

    Mr Johnson said that "CYNICAL young people” had approached him and questioned the value of offering free museums. (

    In his GLOOMY assessment, General McChrystal estimates that America is already losing in Afghanistan. (

    The objective is the will of the people, our CONVENTIAL warfare culture is part of the problem, the Afghans must ultimately defeat the insurgency. (

    Afghanistan's BLOATED prisons system has been allowed to become a hotbed of the insurgency, a place for rebels to plan and launch terrorist operations against US and International Security Assistance Force troops, he says. (

    I found the London Times to be very straightforward. They make it easy for you to get to the article you’re after and allow you to see the whole article without going through a maze of advertising. Even on their home page they have very little advertising when compared with other newspapers, like the New York Times. I find they keep their readers eye focused on their website by using bright colours and interesting details, like quotes and pictures. After you’ve begun reading however, you will find that they use little to no creative add-ins, like adjectives. I had to go to several different articles to find the four adjectives needed for this assignment. The writers at the London Times seem to allow the information and quotes they are using in their articles to influence their writers, leaving the unwanted spam behind.

    London Times Image:

    The New York Times:

    But, surprisingly, it has taken a new DRAMATIC series to challenge conventional notions about dieting and willpower, and to more accurately depict the emerging science of weight loss.

    In “Drop Dead Diva,” on Lifetime, a heavenly mix-up leaves Deb, a VAPID but good-hearted size zero model, trapped in the OVERWEIGHT body of Jane, an INTELLIGENT, hard-working lawyer played by Brooke Elliott. (Think “Heaven Can Wait” meets “Ally McBeal” and “Legally Blonde.”)

    In the article “In TV Series, Some Reality on Weight” by Tara Parker-Pope, she describes a new television show that has some issues related to weight and obesity in everyday society. Parker-Pope’s style of writing, in my opinion, seems to be quite uncharacteristic for the New York Times. The article itself is very quick-witted and cheeky; a very enjoyable read. Pope’s vigor for entertaining writing does not seem to fit the mandate for the Health section in the newspaper as well. Her use of adjectives such as “dramatic” and “vapid” are put to good use, and I believe they give the article that special flare that completely suits the content that is being talked about. Although, I do not believe that this is an article that would be regularly found in the New York Times on any given day.

    The New York Times Image:

    Shayna Fehr and Billie Fleming

  3. Newspaper one is The Harrow Times out of England.

    1. Choose from a host of fabulous destinations, holidays, hotels and attractions across the globe.

    Fabulous is the first adjective in the complex sentence, followed by it’s subject that this adjective modifies.

    2. Residents should brace themselves for a tough winter ahead as the country continues to battle the swine flu outbreak, a senior minister has warned.

    Tough is describing its object, winter. It is preceded by the article a.

    3. A British soldier has been killed by an explosion in southern Afghanistan.

    Southern modifies Afghanistan and tells us which part of the country it is talking about. It is preceded by the preposition in.

    4. Fawlsey Hall is easily reached along the MI and is a perfect place to get away from it.

    Perfect is modifying the noun place. It is trying to convey a scene in your mind of peacefulness.

    The second newspaper is The Age from Australia.

    1. James Packer's 'secret weapon' in the war for Macau's casino dollars has a colorful history.

    Colorful adds value to the object history. It is used to make history sound more interesting.

    2. The fundamentals of this place are sound and it remains conservative but consistent.

    Conservative and also consistent describe the sentences subject, which are the fundamentals. Conservative could also be considered a noun if it was used differently in another sentence.

    3. Clean surfaces regularly, to avoid the accumulation of dust

    Accumulation modifies the substantive dust. Accumulation could also be used as a verb.

    4. Alejandro Valverde clinched his first victory in one of cycling's major three-week races as he continued his dominant run at the Vuelta Espana on Sunday.

    Three-week is a compound adjective describing the races.

    The third paper is LA Weekly

    Beyond the telltale blisters, oven burns, gouges, nicks, and corkscrew cuts, many food professionals these days are covered with more than just the everyday war wounds. Food tattoos show serious proof of commitment; they're also pretty cool. Check out most restaurant kitchens--or the latest season of Top Chef--and you'll likely find as much tattoo art as you will in a prison yard. Where do chefs in this town go for their tattoos? We asked a few.

    1. Telltale lets us know how obvious the blisters are.
    2. Oven modifies which kinds of burns were received.
    3. Food lets us know which types of professionals are being talked about.
    4. Everyday modifies war. Could also be used as a noun and is used as a indefinite adjective.

    Kristen Harris