why do words with positive connotations have positive connotations

When you think of the word 'balloon', what do you think of? A birthday party, carnival, maybe a hot air balloon? A balloon is a common object; however, there are different associations that individuals pair with words depending on life experiences. When talking about grammar, the same goes for emotional connections. There are some words that have positive associations, some negative, and the rest are neutral. These associations are a word's
connotation. This lesson focuses on positive connotations. A positive connotation is a positive or good association that connects to a specific word. The connotation makes the word seem pleasant or affirmative in the context it's used. Take a look at the word 'smell. ' Kevin 'smelled' something coming from the kitchen. He put his book down and went to investigate. The word 'smell' does not inform the reader if it is a good or a bad smell; therefore, it has a neutral connotation.


What if 'smell' was replaced with the word 'aroma? ' What would change? There was an 'aroma' coming from the kitchen. Kevin put his book down and went to investigate. The word 'aroma' has a positive connotation. It means whatever is in the kitchen smells good. Therefore, one could assume Kevin smells someone's delicious cooking. What about using the word 'stench? ' There was a 'stench' coming from the kitchen. Kevin put his book down and went to investigate. The word 'stench' has a negative connotation and makes us think Kevin smells something bad or rotten. Here's another example. How about the word 'work? ' Lashawn 'worked' on her final exam paper. How does Lashawn feel about working on her paper? There are no hints in this sentence because the word 'work' is neutral. What if the word was changed to 'agonized? ' Lashawn 'agonized' over her final exam paper.


Well, that doesn't sound like fun. By using the word 'agonize,' a negative connotation that shows the experience was emotionally painful has been added. Consider a positive connotation. How about this: Lashawn 'effortlessly' completed her final exam paper. The word 'effortlessly' has a positive connotation and shows she was able to complete the paper with little to no effort. Finally, take the word 'visitor. ' The word has a neutral connotation; it doesn't have a positive or negative association. When one thinks of a visitor, he or she may think of a guest in one's home. is an implied meaning that is associated with a word in addition to its literal meaning. This association can be cultural or emotional. Here are examples of pairs of connotations that describe the same thing or situation. The first has a negative connotation and the second is positive. There are many connotations in George Orwell s The Animal Farm, including: the pigs connote powerful, corrupt people; Boxer connotes the laborer class; and the animals represent the revolution.


Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer s Day - Sonnet 18 - by William Shakespeare - A summer s day connotes beauty. She is all states, and all princes, I. - The Sun Rising by John Donne - the two are wealthier than other in the world because of their love. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. - Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare - Ears connote listening. As he swung toward them holding up the hand Half in appeal, but half as if to keep The life from spilling - Out, Out by Robert Frost - Life connotes blood. All the world s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts - As you Like It by William Shakespeare - Stage connotes the world and players connote their lives.


Hie thee, gentle Jew. The Hebrew will turn Christian: he grows kind. - The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - This is a negative connotation towards Jews and positive towards Christians (kindness). And on a day we meet to walk the line And set the wall between us once again. We keep the wall between us as we go. To each the boulders that have fallen to each. - Mending Wall by Robert Frost - The wall may connote segregation and rebuilding it perseverance. What s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part Belonging to a man. O! be some other name: What s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. - Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - Connotes that the names of things do not matter. These connotation examples show how words can take on extra, implied meanings depending how they are used.

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