Day 16 100words100days A short essay on etymology

150 words. I feel like a flowchart would have been a nice complement to this piece, showing how different roots can be combined to form different words. That’s the kind of thing I used to know once upon a Goan time…

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Etymology is a word about that denotes intense study of words. For much better definitions, please click here.

Words are like people: it’s nice to know where they come from, because knowing their origin can be a clue to understanding them. The same goes for their genetic make-up, the parts that mean one thing when put in a particular order can mean something quite different when rearranged.

Students attempting to grasp the basics of English, and even those whose knowledge extends far beyond the rudimentary, use these ‘parts’ or roots to figure out what a word means. Take the word philosophy. It has two roots, both Greek: philo, meaning love, and sophos, meaning wisdom. Knowing the roots isn’t always enough, as is evident from this example. Context is also important, and the way the word has changed with time (again, just as with people and the nature versus nurture argument).

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Day 17: Pick a proverb and write a pseudo-serious article

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Day 10 100words100days Write a description of your favourite exercise routine or class

357 words- nice! I interviewed someone I know instead of writing about myself. After all, other people are just as interesting as I am.

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Today we are speaking with FD, a resident of Dubai.

FED: So FD, do you like to exercise?

FD: It is one of the core activities of my day. (Translation: Yes, I do like to exercise)

FED: What do you like about exercising?

FD: With my current routine, I walk away with a feeling of achievement and power. Plus, the sweat is a great fountain of youth. I also feel like more processing power is activated in my brain.

FED: Would you like to detail your routine for us?

FD: Sure! I recently discovered this Kiwi group exercise pre-choreographed set of complementary classes. They have all been designed under the brand Les Mills, and I select a combination of those classes for myself every week. The ones I usually attend are Body Combat, CX Worx, and Body Attack. I sometimes try to recover by going for Sh’bam and Zumba classes. It has always been my dream to run a 5k in a respectable time frame, so this is my new add-on this month.

FED: That sounds intense. Do you prep for the classes?

FD: When I started out, I’d run to a class out of sheer love for it, but the more I’ve been to these classes, the more I’ve realised that this is very much like school- you have to do your homework before you go in. I research different moves and techniques so that I can execute them efficiently during a class. Obviously no one knows what the instructor will throw at you, but it helps to be prepared at least a little bit.

FED: What kind of warm-ups and cool-downs do you prefer?

FD: For warm-ups, I use dynamic warm-up exercises, and then try to simulate the basic moves of a class at a lower intensity. And to cool down, I stretch.

FED: Do you do this every single day? Even school didn’t require that kind of commitment…

FD: This is not a task for me. It’s not a chore. It’s not something I loathe. It is something that adds great value to my life, so I don’t feel like missing a single day.

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Thanks, FD! All the best with your 5k dream goal!

Disclaimer: Neither FD nor I are trained instructors. Please do not use whatever has been said here  as a blueprint for your own workout (unless you are FD. In which case, be my guest.)

As for me, I find that Zumba and Shbam (both are types of dance workouts) and Yoga are easier, and so I like them more. But Body Combat and Body Attack push me to try new ranges of motion which I am getting (incrementally) better at.

Oh, and for the record, FD and I are not the same person.

On to Day 11: Write a counterfactual piece around some historical event.