REQUIRED JOURNAL ENTRY 11:
Prewrite: Examine the term cheating as it relates to one
of the following contexts: your career, your family, or your
personal needs. Don’t write about cheating as it relates
to academic studies. Explore the meaning of cheating by
describing the feelings you associate with the term, the
history or etymology of the word (check a dictionary), and
distinguishing characteristics with supporting details. Also,
use negation and exceptions. (1 page, open)
Cheating is a difficult word to define, as it is dependent on the context in which it is used. For example, cheating related to academic studies could mean copying, neglecting to cite, or even stealing answers from an answer key. In terms of a career, cheating could refer to something as complex as industrial espionage or something as simple as claiming someone’s ideas as your own. However, it’s easiest for me to think of cheating in terms of family.
There are many feelings I associate with the word cheat. Hurt is the first word that comes to mind, as the results of cheating often lead to very hurt feelings. Lives are changed, impacted, and sometimes permanently damaged when someone cheats. Betrayal is also often a feeling associated with cheating. When a person “cheats” on another, in terms of a relationship, that usually means an affair, and an affair can lead to someone feeling very betrayed. However, cheating can also be done through something as lighthearted as during a board game. This type of familial cheating may take place when the family is playing a game together and someone cheats. Often, this type of cheating causes feelings of joy as family members may laugh at each other’s attempts to win a game.
The etymology of the word seems to be connected to the idea of falling away, and I interpret that as a moving away. That could mean a moving away from the truth. In certain circumstances it could also mean a moving away from a relationship as the result of...