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Applying to Law School => Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation => Topic started by: plat on January 27, 2006, 10:34:19 AM

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Post by: plat on January 27, 2006, 10:34:19 AM
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Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: sofa king on January 27, 2006, 10:44:58 AM
I used the word "perineum" when describing a bike accident...

naw, I'm just kidding. I did have the word "penultimate" in my early draft, but took it out - I thought it was too showy to fit with the tenor of the statement, and I found myself having to write an extra sentence just to show adcoms I wasn't misusing the word (I described an experience as the penultimate step in deciding to go to law school, but I didn't address the final step until much later in the essay, thereby giving adcoms plenty of time to think I was using the word wrong).
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Vannabunny on January 27, 2006, 10:46:32 AM
I think all of mine are pretty normal words
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: likewise on January 27, 2006, 10:47:13 AM
Brief list of no-so-common words:

knave
nadir
piqued
circumspection

My style is rather straight-forward compared to many.

 ;)
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: redemption on January 27, 2006, 12:25:53 PM
interstices
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: likewise on January 27, 2006, 12:45:11 PM
Piqued as in "piqued my interest" ?

Bonus points for piqued as in offended or indignant.

Sry to disappoint..."piqued my interest." :)
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: jb1246a on January 27, 2006, 01:02:36 PM
Interesting thread. I've included phrases, too.

-"clocked on the head"
-pomegranate
-vagabond
-insecticide
-"feminine hygiene products" (seriously)
-prostitutes
-foot binding
-Chinatown bus
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Mr Shears on January 27, 2006, 01:03:37 PM
I didn't use any words that aren't in my normal vocabulary, but I tend to use some words that people around here at least don't typically use.
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: redemption on January 27, 2006, 01:09:35 PM
interstices
nice.  unusual but overtly thesaurusy

I've never used a thesaurus in my life. But, it may look like I have. That's sad, in a way.
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Mr Shears on January 27, 2006, 01:11:22 PM
In the personal statement I tried to avoid using words that people may think I looked up for the sake of a personal statement, but some of them found their way in there:

- facet
- propriety
- enumerated
- precursor
- conversely
- mental faculty
- detrimental (not really weird or uncommon, but people around here don't use it)
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Vannabunny on January 27, 2006, 01:15:31 PM
Interesting thread. I've included phrases, too.

-"clocked on the head"
-pomegranate
-vagabond
-insecticide
-"feminine hygiene products" (seriously)
-prostitutes
-foot binding
-Chinatown bus

I DESPERATELY want to read this PS now
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: cyberrev on January 27, 2006, 01:16:43 PM
Brief list of no-so-common words:

knave
nadir
piqued
circumspection

My style is rather straight-forward compared to many.

 ;)



i want to know how you used the word 'knave'  :D
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Vannabunny on January 27, 2006, 01:18:10 PM
I had the word "flamboyantly" in a earlier draft, which is just a word one doesn't get to use much
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: likewise on January 27, 2006, 01:40:40 PM
Here are some key phrases:

"Id been the knave twisting my own words and emotions for years:  I felt like a fool."  Sentence is a tie-in from a key word in Kipling's "If" which opens my PS.


"This experience more than any other piqued my interest in the law:  perhaps I could avail the plight of individuals experiencing what Id suffered."


"I now treat Triumph and Disaster with circumspection, and one day at a time, I build the things I give my life to with worn out tools."  T and D are tie-ins w/ the Kipling piece.  Opening sentence to my conclusion.

 ;)

Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Lilacs04 on January 27, 2006, 01:44:21 PM
"Dogmatism" -- referring to someone else's practices, not my own.  :D
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: likewise on January 27, 2006, 01:46:48 PM
Brief list of no-so-common words:

knave
nadir
piqued
circumspection

My style is rather straight-forward compared to many.

 ;)



i want to know how you used the word 'knave'  :D

Try to piece the story together from the list.  Perhaps a knave was troubled by excessive cicumspection.  Upon reaching an emotional nadir, our knave's interest was piqued by earnings potential upon graduation

And you were just oh-so-close.  See above!
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: redemption on January 27, 2006, 01:53:49 PM
I see that we're not talking about *truly* unusual words/phrases but more about uncommon ones in everyday usage. Some more from mine, then:

ontological
problematized
foregrounded
'promiscuous contact'

'unnatural, and frightening, and absurd'
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Lilacs04 on January 27, 2006, 01:56:07 PM
I see that we're not talking about *truly* unusual words/phrases but more about uncommon ones in everyday usage. Some more from mine, then:

ontological


Marry me??  ;D
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Mr Shears on January 27, 2006, 01:57:42 PM
'unnatural, and frightening, and absurd'

That extra "and" is driving me crazy.  :P
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Lilacs04 on January 27, 2006, 02:00:16 PM
'unnatural, and frightening, and absurd'

That extra "and" is driving me crazy.  :P

I like the second "and," it has a very literary feel to it (and I'm just now reminded that I had an English teacher who hated the word "very").
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: redemption on January 27, 2006, 02:06:34 PM
I see that we're not talking about *truly* unusual words/phrases but more about uncommon ones in everyday usage. Some more from mine, then:

ontological


Marry me?? ;D

It'll have to be in a state where it's legal - I'm a girl  ;)
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Mr Shears on January 27, 2006, 02:07:53 PM
Thank god for variety, right?

Nah, I don't mean to sound pretentious (though I probably do).  It's just the way I was taught and developed.  I fancy myself a decent writer (and apparently so do other people), but that's just not my style.
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Lilacs04 on January 27, 2006, 02:10:11 PM
I see that we're not talking about *truly* unusual words/phrases but more about uncommon ones in everyday usage. Some more from mine, then:

ontological


Marry me?? ;D

It'll have to be in a state where it's legal - I'm a girl  ;)

Your use of "ontological" should trump both sexual orientation and state legislation...sorry, it's just that my philosophical geekdom has been satisfied for the day.  ;)

Mr. Shears: Didn't think you were pretentious at all! I think you're right to balk at the "and" from a grammatical standpoint, but I'm a big fan of learning the rules and then breaking them!  ;D
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: redemption on January 27, 2006, 02:13:13 PM
'unnatural, and frightening, and absurd'

That extra "and" is driving me crazy.  :P

I chose to use that extra "and" for a literary and breathless effect. It is used in describing a hot and sweaty moment.
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: john83 on January 27, 2006, 02:14:59 PM
the, an, a < to name a few.

acumen, too.
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Mr Shears on January 27, 2006, 02:22:53 PM
'unnatural, and frightening, and absurd'

That extra "and" is driving me crazy.  :P

I chose to use that extra "and" for a literary and breathless effect. It is used in describing a hot and sweaty moment.

Well, it works.  Good job.  :)

Lilacs:  Break the rules?!  Ohmygosh!!!!  :P
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: likewise on January 27, 2006, 02:56:10 PM
'unnatural, and frightening, and absurd'

That extra "and" is driving me crazy.  :P

I chose to use that extra "and" for a literary and breathless effect. It is used in describing a hot and sweaty moment.

Well, it works.  Good job.  :)

Lilacs:  Break the rules?!  Ohmygosh!!!!  :P

Breaking the rules is dangerous stuff and reserved only for folks who CAN write or THINK they can write.  The above likely works well.

 ::)  I did it.  What's that say 'bout me?   ;D
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Mr Shears on January 27, 2006, 02:59:32 PM
'unnatural, and frightening, and absurd'

That extra "and" is driving me crazy.  :P

I chose to use that extra "and" for a literary and breathless effect. It is used in describing a hot and sweaty moment.

Well, it works.  Good job.  :)

Lilacs:  Break the rules?!  Ohmygosh!!!!  :P

Breaking the rules is dangerous stuff and reserved only for folks who CAN write or THINK they can write.  The above likely works well.

 ::)  I did it.  What's that say 'bout me?   ;D

It says that you assume I can't write.  I think BC would disagree with you.
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: likewise on January 27, 2006, 03:42:05 PM
'unnatural, and frightening, and absurd'

That extra "and" is driving me crazy.  :P

I chose to use that extra "and" for a literary and breathless effect. It is used in describing a hot and sweaty moment.

Well, it works.  Good job.  :)

Lilacs:  Break the rules?!  Ohmygosh!!!!  :P

Breaking the rules is dangerous stuff and reserved only for folks who CAN write or THINK they can write.  The above likely works well.

 ::)  I did it.  What's that say 'bout me?   ;D

It says that you assume I can't write.  I think BC would disagree with you.

Yeah, no...

I didn't assume that.  Sry you inferred more than I intended to imply.
 ;)
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Mr Shears on January 27, 2006, 03:45:44 PM
Oops.  I forgot the "  :P "

My fault.

 ;D
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: likewise on January 27, 2006, 03:48:04 PM
Oops.  I forgot the "  :P "

My fault.

 ;D

Touche! :o :D :D :D
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Mr Shears on January 27, 2006, 03:49:37 PM
Smilies crack me up.

 :D :) :D ;D
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Burhop on January 28, 2006, 12:02:13 AM
interstices

interstices is such a good word--we use that in poetry quite a bit (i.e. 'write in the interstices of that idea/phrase")

I busted out some Weltanschauung in my PS.

dani
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Mr Shears on January 28, 2006, 12:04:29 AM

I busted out some Weltanschauung in my PS.

dani

Damn, that takes skill.
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: pass36 on January 28, 2006, 12:29:46 AM
I will predict with immense confidence that mine was the only PS to tred dangerously and sensuously and timorously betwixt the interstices of pop culture and Jewish mysticism with the phrase "bizarro twin doppelganger."
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Burhop on January 28, 2006, 01:56:03 AM
I will predict with immense confidence that mine was the only PS to tred dangerously and sensuously and timorously betwixt the interstices of pop culture and Jewish mysticism with the phrase "bizarro twin doppelganger."

hehe...you joshin'? 'twin doppelganger' would be redundant, no? Unless you were referring to...multiple nefarious doppelgangers?!? ;)

dani
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: redemption on January 28, 2006, 09:41:58 AM
interstices

interstices is such a good word--we use that in poetry quite a bit (i.e. 'write in the interstices of that idea/phrase")

I busted out some Weltanschauung in my PS.

dani

Ah, yes. Weltanschauung. That'll wake 'em up.
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: magnumalv on January 28, 2006, 10:03:21 AM
I don't think I used any high-falutin 50-cent words at all... I'm a disgrace to my major.  ::)
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: redemption on January 28, 2006, 10:19:03 AM
I don't think I used any high-falutin 50-cent words at all... I'm a disgrace to my major.  ::)

That's 'cause you were sly and very effectively hid the complexity of your writing. It's only after finishing your piece (both your pieces) that one marvels at the craftsmanship that it must have taken to create it.  ;)
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: pass36 on January 28, 2006, 10:23:46 AM
I will predict with immense confidence that mine was the only PS to tred dangerously and sensuously and timorously betwixt the interstices of pop culture and Jewish mysticism with the phrase "bizarro twin doppelganger."

hehe...you joshin'? 'twin doppelganger' would be redundant, no? Unless you were referring to...multiple nefarious doppelgangers?!? ;)

dani

It was supposed to be a triple negative kind of thing.  I have a lot of nefarious doppelgangers to deal with .....
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: magnumalv on January 28, 2006, 10:47:03 AM
I don't think I used any high-falutin 50-cent words at all... I'm a disgrace to my major.  ::)

That's 'cause you were sly and very effectively hid the complexity of your writing. It's only after finishing your piece (both your pieces) that one marvels at the craftsmanship that it must have taken to create it.  ;)

Oh baloney. I think I'm just lazy.

 :D
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: wunder on January 28, 2006, 04:27:28 PM
I actually used the phrase "swigging a beer" in mine.  Haven't heard from the school I sent that to yet... :)
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: SCgrad on January 30, 2006, 04:53:38 AM
I wanted to put "negative Nancys" in my ps, but I was talked out of it.

Nothing strange in mine
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: cyberrev on January 30, 2006, 09:57:39 AM
I actually used the phrase "swigging a beer" in mine.  Haven't heard from the school I sent that to yet... :)


should have used the phrase 'quaffing a beer' -- 'quaffing an ale' would have been better  ;D
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: wunder on January 30, 2006, 10:02:30 AM
No, trust me, the proper phrase was "swigging a beer."  To use anything less base would have missed the point! :)
Title: Re: Weird words in the personal statement
Post by: Vannabunny on January 30, 2006, 10:07:37 AM
Compared to these, mine is very plain. I did use some words I don't use in conversation, but not many. Insatiable is about it.