Denotation and Connotation


Warning: I might be writing about denotation and connotation for a while. I haven’t completed my reading about it in chapter one of Sin and SyntaxI wanted to first write out loud my impressions of the words and then read later what Constance Hale has to say, and how we differ, if at all

I begin with the short dictionary definitions by which she introduces the section. Denotation refers to a words explicit or literal meaning. Connotation is the suggestive power of a word and refers to its latent meaning.

Water – H2O  is my denotation and  for me it connotes what I see in a bottle.  After which it connotes a need. I visualize it fresh and clear. I think of it after a walk. These I think of as my connotations of the word. Water is a universal word, but all of us have different connotations of it.

When thinking about writing a word, I prefer denotation, but can’t avoid the connotations.  I prefer denotation because it is far simpler, but in truth less interesting.  I don’t want to finish my reading of Sin and Syntax with it having the connotative power of ending my desire to write.  All because writing right is all too complicated.

7 thoughts on “Denotation and Connotation

    • fictionfitz November 22, 2013 / 4:08 pm

      Thanks for the reblog, will go and check it out.

  1. Carole Webber November 22, 2013 / 7:52 pm

    What does sin have to do with writing

    • fictionfitz November 22, 2013 / 7:58 pm

      I am only on page 5.

    • fictionfitz November 22, 2013 / 8:06 pm

      Okay, okay, you got me thinking. I bet the author said something about sin in the intro which I skimmed. She did, one of the chapters is titled Cardinal Sins and “catalogues true transgressions: errors made in ignorance. Exposing the disaster that lurks in mangled syntax, this section debunks those horrid myths that often substitute for a real understanding of the underpinnings of language.” M

      More later.

  2. Carole Webber November 23, 2013 / 9:32 am

    Could the sin be in buying more books that you really read completely or you are running out of shelf space and they land on the floor ?

    • fictionfitz November 23, 2013 / 11:08 am

      I have a Kindle, in fact, I have three, but only two work. The original Kindle needs a new battery, but I would rather buy a book.

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