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Connotation and Denotation Notes

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Stephanie Caneday

on 23 July 2014

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Transcript of Connotation and Denotation Notes

Connotation and Denotation Notes
1. For rent: This cozy, vintage home has neutral-toned walls and an easy to care for yard. Bargain-priced fixer-upper!

2. For rent: This tiny, old place has bland-painted walls and a cement pad for the backyard. Cheap place that needs a lot of work.
Denotation vs. Connotation

a word's associations; implied meaning; concepts connected with a word; all the ideas loaded with the word
can be positive or negative
What's the
and to
both have similar denotations (to observe or see) but they have different connotations.
conveys a more accidental or unintentionally caught idea.
I noticed the man leaving the house. (not really looking for him, but I happened to see him)
has more sneaky connotations. To spy implies observing while trying not to be seen.
I spied the man leaving the house. (quickly and covertly seeing the man, perhaps hiding in order to do so)
How to interpret texts using connotation and denotation
Step 1
: Identify denotation- what is the basic dictionary meaning?
Example: home= location in which one lives
Step 2
: Determine connotation- what ideas does the word evoke? What connections or associations do you make? What does the word remind you of?
Example: home- family and loved ones, where one is the most comfortable, "...where the heart is"
Now you try... identify the denotation and connotation of the word in bold, then think of a word with a negative connotation, but the same denotation.
Compare: What are the similarities between the two ads? Differences?

a word's definition
dictionary meaning

I looked at the sale rack where everything is
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