W H AT D O Y O U S E E AT F I R S T G L A N C E ? W H AT D O E S T H I S R E P R E S E N T I N T O D AY ’ S WO R L D ? DENOTATION IS THE LITERAL MEANING OF THE PICTURE …WHILE CONNOTATION FOCUSES ON THE UNDERLYING MESSAGE OR FEELINGS IT CONTAINS Denotations and Connotations: Word Overtones The denotation of a word is its exact meaning as stated in a dictionary. Example: The denotation of skinny is “very thin.” The connotation of a word is an added meaning that suggests something positive or negative. Examples: Negative: Skinny suggests “too thin.” Skinny has a negative connotation. Positive: Slender suggests “attractively thin.” Slender has a positive connotation. READ EACH OF THESE STATEMENTS ABOUT TED’S RESTAURANT. STATE THE WORD IN PARENTHESES THAT HAS THE MORE POSITIVE CONNOTATION. • 1. Ted’s Restaurant is furnished with (old, antique) furniture. • 2. The servers are all (young, immature). • 3.You can sit at a table or in a (cozy, cramped) booth. • 4. The service at Ted’s is (slow, unhurried). • 5. Ted’s serves very (simple, plain) food. • 6. One of the specialties is (rare, undercooked) steak. • 7. (Blackened, Burned) prime rib is another. • 8. Customers (sip, gulp) their cold drinks. READ EACH OF THESE STATEMENTS ABOUT TED’S RESTAURANT. STATE THE WORD IN PARENTHESES THAT HAS THE MORE NEGATIVE CONNOTATION. • 9. The beef at Ted’s Restaurant is (firm, tough) and juicy. • 10. The pies are (rich, greasy) with butter. • 11. The crust is so (crumbly, flaky) it falls apart. • 12. A (moist, soggy) cake is also available for dessert. • 13. A group of (loud, enthusiastic) regulars eats at Ted’s every Saturday night. • 14. The steaks at Ted’s are cooked over a charbroiled (flame, inferno).