28 Sept. 2014
Essay #2 Definition
In this day and age we are constantly changing the true meaning of certain words into our own definitions. The original meaning of these words are no longer properly used or are abused with some slang term. Even though some of these words contain double meanings, they should still be treated with respect. One specific word that stands out to me is “cancer.” Cancer is without a doubt, nothing that should be joked around. Cancer has evolved from a regular medical term to an internet meme sensation. Though more and more people are becoming more aware of how serious cancer really is, there are still a hand full of people who like to poke fun at this deadly disease.
Cancer, is nothing that should be used for laughs or jokes. In reality, cancer is a malignant tumor of unlimited growth that expands locally by invasion and systemically by metastasis. Many people everyday suffer from this condition which come in different shapes and forms. Cancer takes our friends, family members and those close to us. Cancer is not a new word that was just made up, it has been around for decades. But as time progressed, the word has evolved in the meaning. Many are starting to use it as a way of showing hatred for something, or dislike. For example, popular websites like 9gag, or social media apps like Instagram, use pictures with captions that shows something or someone laying on a bed because it was so bad that it gave them cancer. Sensitive situations like that should not be joked around, those people making the pictures do not understand what it means to have cancer, or even know anyone that has survived cancer.
To many people, this is not a joke. From a personal experience, I have met, and known people Rodriguez 2
that have survived cancer, and lived to tell about it. Cancer, is no laughing matter. Cancer has taken more than a million people every year as well as...
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