Pronouncing The Abbreviation ASAP English Language Essay

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I chose this entry from "Journal 2 Student Entries" because I will like to analyze sections i. and ii. Before analyzing these two texts, I would like to add that the author of this entry did not take into account that ASAP has origins in the US Military in 1955. Another important point must be made that is- as all acronyms are abbreviations, but not all abbreviations are acronyms, ASAP is acronym. When spoken, ASAP (asap, a.s.a.p.) is pronounced A-sap, with a long A sound on the first syllable. (Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

I need the topic proposal ASAP.

This sentence was created in order to "hurry up" the students. Sometimes, using the phrase "as soon as possible" does not sound as important and urgent as "ASAP". Therefore, I believe the professor needed immediate action from the students. If the professor used this acronym in spoken language, I can assume that h/she wanted an urgent attention. Imagine saying words like, "This project is has to be done and I would like you to give me your proposals as soon as possible." This sentence could be correct, but the attention needed from the students would not be achieved because of the length of the sentence. Short words tend to grab our attention, and sometimes, while hearing these short words (like ASAP), we stop doing what we were doing or stop paying attention to flying mosquitoes and think over the pronounced short word. The perfect example to prove the importance of pronounced acronym "ASAP is the author's own entry. The author of "ASAP" (the entry for Journal #2) states that the pronounced word "ASAP" "does not really convey the same message of being in a time limit, at least not to me."However, in reality, the author is affected by the pronunciation of this acronym, so he/she must have taken into the consideration the urgency of "topic proposal" because the author is writing about this event, captured by the pronunciation of the acronym "ASAP".

I will send the lecture slides ASAP.

As for this pronounced sentence, once again, professor is trying to grab the attention of students, saying, "I promise, I will send the lecture as soon as I get into my office."

In this case, we are-the students, need to be reminded that we should be clever enough to understand that in urgent situations like this, we do not need full sentences, acronyms and abbreviations could be perfectly fine.

I think that in many urgent situations it is a brilliant idea to use acronyms and abbreviations in order to receive and give as soon as possible.

Party animal

The slang expression "party animal" is generally used for people who like to go to parties a lot, and they like to go them often, sometimes even on a regular basis, generally consuming lots of amounts of alcohol as well. Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary states that a "party animal" is 'someone who enjoys parties and party activities very much and goes to as many as possible.' Party animals usually take any chance they get to go to a party, and go to as many as possible, often behaving in a loud or rude way.

This expression is very common, and can be heard a lot when talking about parties, or certain people that like parties and music a lot. I believe that this term was created and first used in the United States of America, as this is a country where a lot of teenagers and young people are having parties, and sometimes these parties become more important to teenagers than their studies, families, hobbies, everything. Furthermore, after being popularly used in the United States, this term has travelled across seas and continents, and now this term is commonly known and used in many more countries than just the United States.

What grabbed my attention here is that a 'party animal' is a person, whereas a person cannot be an animal, and an animal is unable to party, so it is the combination of the both that made me think of this expression as very interesting. I think that this combination of words was created perhaps because when people go ecstatic about something, or when they love to dance and party, they are able to use so much energy - that only an animal has. I think that this is why the term 'animal' is used here.

3. Insomnia

Recently, I start to feel tired and I realize that after sleeping eight hours at night I still do not feel fresh in the morning. I still struggle with this problem, so I looked up in internet in order to understand the cause of this tiredness. I found the below information very useful, therefore, now I know the cause of my tiredness. After reading this information, I have concluded that I am having this problem because of "overloaded" days (studying for upcoming exams), so I struggle falling asleep.

"Insomnia is the perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep because of difficulty falling asleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, or waking too early in the morning. These result in the feeling that sleep is not restorative and often are associated with impaired function during the day. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the United States. About one-third of the adult population has experienced it at some time and approximately 10% have a persistent problem." (

Now that I have understood my sleeping disorders, it will make me better to analyze the above text in order to change my focus from 'insomnia" to something better- Text Analysis.

The first statement is beginning with a token. This brings Halliday's notion that semantically, the token will be a sign, name of a value, which gives the meaning or functions.

There are three processes of relational process as characteristics of descriptive text in the beginning. Those are; Insomnia is the perception …, sleeps is not restorative..., and are associated with impaired…. Token here become identified, and value as identifier (Halliday).

In the next, the only process of possession occurs in the text that is and approximately 10% have a persistent problem. Then, in this stage, there is no verbal process. It means that the text is not conversational text, and no other opinion is taken as reference.

There is no material process.

No mental process.

There is no verbal process in this description.

It means that the text is not conversational text, and no other opinion is taken as reference.

I have been looking for you everywhere.

We may say these words when we are looking for someone for a long time. Last month I had this experience when I thought that I lost my boyfriend in Vatican's crowd.


We use these words in order to inform the person/group of people we are addressing that we were trying hard to find them and contact with them.

However, usually, we do not think about how in term of linguistics this sentence is structured.

Kylee saw the birds with a binocular.

Last week, Douglas came back from Strasbourg and he was so excited about his daughter Kylee. He said that they went to the forest in La Wantzenau, France. Douglas gave my binocular to Kylee and she had fun looking through the binocular. She was looking at the birds by binocular for the first time. Now, while I am working on my Journal # 2, I thought about creating a phrase structure tree and the first phrase come into my mind is "Kylee saw the birds with a binocular."