Questions tagged [connotations]

This tag is for questions regarding the associated or underlying meaning of a word, in addition to its primary definition.

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I would like to know nuance of creepy

I hear word "creepy" a lot in many situations but is it always including a scared feeling? For example when people are watching horror movies, or dolls which seems scary, people say creepy! I think ...
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whether it be vs whether it is

I brought the sentences from the speech about conversation tips. They don’t just want to know about news and the weather. They want to know about you. So what are three things that you have ...
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What does nuance of “should” in this situation

I learn english and have difficult time to understand "should" nuance in english. In my language there is many ways to describe give suggestions and advice and nuance is all different,nice way or ...
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Care to elaborate?

I have faced a lot of times at a chat or some Q&A site a reply: Care to elaborate? As far as I understand, the poster is asking for more details or explanations. However in this case I'd ...
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Does word “segregate” sound natural?

Does the word "segregate" have any undesired side context to US speakers? These are examples: Segregate configuration from the code. A task is about test segregation.
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The nuance of “ample”

In a letter to a university professor, I wrote "as a prominent Japan scholar with an ample knowledge of...." But in retrospect, I wonder if I should have said "vast" or "extensive" instead of "ample." ...
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if for no other reason than to do

My understanding of how to use 'if for no other reason to do' is as follows: You'll also want to make your house look presentable, if for no other reason than to jack up your asking price. ([unspoken]...
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Why is interior decorating insulting in this context?

This dialog is from the movie The Mexican. This clip on YouTube may help with the context. Samantha: I... know the kind of people in your business, OK? Winston: Yeah? Samantha: And to me,...
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The first day of spring/the first spring day

I guess, there is a subtle difference between these expressions: the first day of spring the first spring day Could you help me grasp it?
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When is disinformation the better term to use than misinformation?

According to this Wikipedia article, disinformation is misinformation that is purposefully and intentionally disseminated. Does this term qualify for state media controlled by dictators like Hugo ...
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How does a native speaker choose one word over its synonym(s)?

In a recent speech, Senator Ted Cruz said: ... And under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon. Would it have also been correct to use synonyms such as obtain, secure,...
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Difference between “allow” and “let”

It is interesting for me to know how one can distinguish the case in which one should use "allow" from the case in which one should use "let". For example: Jim's parents wouldn't {allow/let} him ...
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I want to know the difference of feeling between where and . There

The following two sentences used different expressions. 'where' and '. There'. I want to know the difference of feeling between them. He emigrated to New York City where he started a small trucking ...
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what can I say ''when someone shares a good experience/feeling''?

Here's the situation: my friend got accepted in a job interview and described his feelings and how happy he was. I wanted to say that I've had the same experience/feeling as he does when I got my ...
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Use of abbreviations in travel descriptions

How would you construct the following sentence? I wanted to express that these cards are rarely accepted and typically at shops and services for tourists. Is it clear? If it is not how would you ...
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Indulge/gratify my curiosity?

I understand that indulge and gratify have similar meanings but what are the differnces in connotations of these words in this sentences? Indulge my curiosity Or gratify my curiosity
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Usage of verb drag

Is this sentence valid usage of verb drag? "my persistence dragged me to solve it" I want to say that I solved challenges due to my persistence which "encouraged" me.
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What's the difference between meaning of 'A happy new year' and 'Happy new year'?

Their appearance different is the sentence has 'A' whether or not, but I have heard both... What's their difference? or no difference?
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Can the word “exposure” be used to mean something positive?

I want to say something along the lines of: "I believe that the exposure I would gain through being involved in such a wide range of tasks would enable me to..." (that's not the exact sentence, so ...
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Does “polemic” always have a negative connotation?

I have seen a political discussion on live tv in germany. After attacking a member of the discussion made some solid arguments the attacked person responded by saying what he is saying is pure polemic....
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What could be a plan status higher than “pro”? [closed]

I am developing a web application that currently has a pro plan for users. What could be the appropriate word for the next level plan? I do not want to use the word ultimate because the word can ...
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Difference between “abolish” and “rescind”

I have attempted an English test, where a question was given as Following the students’ ______, the authorities have finally_______ the rule of having CCTV’s in the classroom. And the options were ...
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What is the difference between “within” and “inside”?

Here is the definition of the word within from Oxford Dictionary: inside (something) So does that mean the two words have no difference, and can be used exchangingly? Is there any connotation that ...
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Is the use of the adjective “pedantic” always derogatory?

The adjective "pedantic" is sometimes used derogatorily. Can it be used in a neutral or positive context? In other words, if person A refers person B as pedantic, can it sometimes be used as a ...
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difference between the and a in this context with relative clause

What is the difference between those sentences? He is the person I needed for the job. He is a person I needed for the job. And... This is not a place I wanted to go. This is ...
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What is the nuance difference between “yourself” and “your way”?

What is the nuance difference between "Eat yourself healthy" and "Eat your way healthy"? (I tried first searching on Google, but I cannot find a similar question, and comparing "yourself" and "your ...
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Which one is more idiomatic - “Occurs to me” or “Occurred to me”?

When you're trying to simplify a complex concept and say "Well, looking at this equation, the first thing that occurs to me/ comes to my mind is..." or is it idiomatic and perfectly fine to ...
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“In such environment” vs “In such an environment”

I'd like to ask if there is any difference between In such environment, we... and In such an environment, we... If yes, then what does each phrase mean? If anyone happens to know the ...
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“I was leaving” vs “I left”

I'm curious of the meaning of the usage of the past tense in this example: I was the last to leave the office last night. The first option: Everybody else had gone home when I left The second: ...
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Are reluctant and hesitant interchangeable?

I kind of have an idea that "reluctant" and "hesitant" both have similar meanings, but I do not know the actual difference in the nuances they have. Could someone please teach me?
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How come “oblivion” means “void”?

Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd edition (2004) says: oblivion, n. 2. a. The state or condition of being forgotten; (also, more generally) obscurity, nothingness, void, death. However, what ...
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Can I row this boat to the water's edge?

Can a person in a rowboat, while he is in the middle of a lake, say "I am now going to row the boat to the water's edge"? I can imagine a man in a boat, in the middle of a lake, looking towards the ...
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Is emotional a negative word?

I have learned English from TV shows, movies, CNN, Discovery channel, and NGC for years. One of my USA friend told me emotional is a negative word such as " Do not be emotional! Yelling and being ...
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Meaning and connotation of “_______ your heart out”

What does _____ your heart out mean? Does it carry a positive connotation or a negative one? For example: work your heart out. Does this mean that you like working, so you should do it to your ...
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This earring “menaces with spikes of…”: is the earring just dangerous or menacing?

This is a native aluminum earring. All craftsmanship is of the highest quality. It is studded with bismuth bronze and decorated with water buffalo leather. This object is adorned with hanging ...
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Chips vs Fries: was this a tongue-in-cheek joke in “A Fish Called Wanda”? [closed]

Here's a familiar sight: We call them French fries, or just fries, in the States, as well as in Canada. They're often referred to as chips over in England. In France they are, of course, good old ...
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How to politely explain to someone that their lack of clarity is due to their ignorance?

I've been in an inconvenient situation where I ask a question and there's a comment suggestion that it's unclear, vague, off-topic, pointless, etc. Usually, I try to apprehend that by a disclaimer ...
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Does “cleverly” have a negative, positive or neutral meaning?

I wrote this sentence and I would like to know whether the word "cleverly" is positive, negative (like e.g. cunningly) or neutral. Lose weight cleverly in the privacy and comfort of your home!
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Does gorgeous carry a sexual connotation?

From dictionaries, gorgeous means very beautiful (macmillan) Beautiful; very attractive (Oxford) But I wonder if calling someone gorgeous, as in she is gorgeous, means beautiful in a sexual way....
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The connotation of the expression “Jack of all trades, master of none”

A recent thread in the Portuguese Language SE are intending to find a Portuguese version for the expression "Jack of all trades, master of none". The question is: The original expression could have ...
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May I use “naive” to mean “inexperienced”?

Sometimes I may use "naive" in sentences like I am naive in writing this type of articles To say "inexperienced" I would like to know how common this word is among native speakers of English, or ...
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how to differentiate between “implication” and“ connotation”?

While I have studied some resources as to these terms, in fact, I cannot yet get what could be considered as their difference. Or, when could they be interchangeable, when not? Any comment would ...
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What kind of food is referred to as “sushi” in English?

A sequel to this CAPTCHA question, but no one posts for me this time so... legends (image #) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 It was this test that prevented me from being a human, for I couldn't ...
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Implication of “you have to realize”

Is the phrase neutral, like "you need to know", or it has some negative connotations?
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What does 'dalliance' mean here? [closed]

"So much preparation had gone into the diplomatic date that a US-India dalliance at the end of it was a foregone conclusion." Does foregone conclusion mean that a US-India dalliance was not ...
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Connotation of “laundry list”

Does "laundry list" have any negative connotation? Or can it be used synonymously to "long list" in informal contexts?
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to evolve in a negative way

In "everyday spoken English", can we use evolve in the sense of the opposite of optimization/improvement? If something evolves, does it necessarily imply that it is for a better, or can it just be ...
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What are the connotations of the word 'disorder' for a native speaker?

What connotations does the word disorder have for a native speaker? Does it sound very negative or rather neutral? It's still better to describe phenomena such as ADHD as mental illness, but it still ...
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Is “consign” a negative verb?

I consulted Definition 1, in which the definition and examples are ambiguous about the connotation. Yet Definition 1.2 is surely negative: '...to be rid ....' So what's the connotation? I thought to ...
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How rude is it to “spit” on somebody?

My friend presented his research topic in front of my professor. He was asked a question about it, but he had difficulty in answering it and was upset for a while. Then my professor (translated): "...