Denotations and Connotations THE JOYS OF ATTACHING MULTIPLE MEANINGS TO ONE WORD. Which word in each group has the most “romantic” connotations? Horse, steed, nag King, ruler, tyrant, autocrat Chicago, Pittsburgh, Samarkand, Detroit Which word in each group is the most emotionally connotative? Female parents, mother, dam Offspring, children, progeny Brother, sibling VOLUNTEERS! I will need three groups of four. Arrange the words in each of the following groups from most positive to most negative in connotation Of the following, which should you be less offended at being accused of? Having acted foolishly Having acted like a fool Like archetypes, denotations and connotations are controlled by context What denotation has the word fast in the following contexts: Fast runner Fast color Fast living Fast day What are the varying connotations of these four denotations of fast? Same denotation, but different connotations? First of all, do you think this is possible? Examples: The young princess had blue eyes, golden hair, and a breast as white as snow. Confronted with the evidence, the false princess turned as white as a sheet. Connotations? Discuss contexts. To recap Words matter. Always consider denotations and connotations of words. Pay attention to context. Be on the look out for irony. Don’t know all of the denotations of a word? Use a dictionary.