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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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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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): "...

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