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Copy of Connotation and Denotation
Transcript of Copy of Connotation and Denotation
Denotation After you win, your manager decides you're up for a bigger challenge, and finds two new opponents for you.
He describes one of them as "large."
He describes the other as "monstrous."
You're going to lose this one. LET'S TALK ABOUT BOXING BOXING CONTINUED It's pretty clear which boxers we'd rather fight - but why is that?
Don't "slim" and "scrawny" both mean "skinny?"
Don't "large" and "monstrous" both mean "big?" WAIT A SECOND Which one sounds like they are LESS LIKELY to completely destroy you? Let's say that you're a boxer, and you have to choose an opponent. Your manager stakes the opponents out for you before the fight.
He describes one as "slim."
He describes the other as "scrawny."
You have to win.
Which one sounds easier to beat? What's going on here?? DENOTATION versus CONNOTATION DENOTATION Connotation is a little artsier, and a little harder to define. Basically, it's how the word makes you feel.
For now we'll just worry about positive and negative connotation. CONNOTATION A word's denotation tends to be its definition. Just check the dictionary! What we're bumping into here is the difference between denotation and connotation. For these kinds of connotation, think: is it a compliment to be called these things? If so, it's positive.
Is it an insult? If so, it's negative. Denotation is the literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests. Connotation is an idea or feeling that a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning. But that's all jargon. What do they really mean? scrawny means slight or meager in body or size
slim means not slender in form LET'S PRACTICE For each of the following scenarios, decide whether the red word has a positive or a negative connotation.
If it has a positive connotation, decide on a negative word to use.
If it has a negative connotation, decide on a positive word.
But always keep the denotation (the definition) the same! 1) My brother is cheap with his money.
2) There is a certain fragrance coming from that ape.
3) My grandmother lives in a shack out in the woods.
4) She gave me a mutt for my birthday.
5) Those brats broke all the windows in the house!
6) She is very assertive about her arguments.
7) He was very petite for a Tyrannosaurus.