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#remixthediss – playing with Susan and Laura’s writing for #dailyconnect

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(This post is part of today’s #ccourses #dailyconnect – in it, I don’t borrow the full writing style but an idea I saw on the blogs of two wonderful #ccourses bloggers and friends: Susan Watson and slightly also Laura Gibbs -links go to the inspiring blogposts, except i can’t find Laura’s – Laura, where is it? P.S. was too lazy to color the text the way Susan does)

A conversation with nobody in particular got me thinking of playing around with the word “dissertation”, something I have always wanted to do, because, you know, what could be more interesting than playing around with words? So I have been playing games in my head thinking to prepare for this post. I wondered if I was good enough could do it quickly… So this is a probably not very good attempt at hacking Susan and Laura’s voices, but it’s too superficial to be hacking their voice, it’s nothing but just hacking their idea of playing with word definitions and stuff.

dissertation (noun, google definition):

a long essay on a particular subject, especially one written for a university degree or diploma.
“a dissertation on the novels of the Brontë sisters”
synonyms: essay, thesis, treatise, paper, study, composition, discourse, disquisition, tract, monograph; More

dissert(from Merriam Webster dictionary):

Definition of DISSERT
intransitive verb
: to speak or write at length
Origin of DISSERT

Latin dissertus, past participle of disserere, from dis- + serere to join, arrange — more at series
First Known Use: 1657

[Maha’s voice: write at length… Riiiiiiight, coz that’s the most important thing about a dissertation, the writing at length; makes the whole thing seem silly, if you ask me]

dessert(noun) yummy sweet things we eat that if we’re lucky come by the dozen 😉

desert(verb): to leave alone…; (noun): land that is full of sand

Or it could have gone another way…

dissertation

diss/dis (informal): to speak disrespectfully or criticize

But we use “dis”in the sense of
dis-respect/
dis-mantle/
dissect?
dissent/
disconnect/
disturb/
disrupt/

Hmm ‘dis’ ‘sert’ (to not assert??? To take assertion apart?)

This is all in fun 😉 and also inspired by the #remixthediss event

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