Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Denotation vs. Connotation

Milk...
White, creamy, cow, chocolate milk, annoying babies, yogurt, ice cream, butter, cute babies, mother, latte, vanilla, smoothie, cats...
Today I asked my students to tell me what they associated with the word "milk", and these are some of the words they came up with.

The dictionary defines milk as:

The dictionary definition of a word is the DENOTATION.
But a word means so much more than the dictionary definition. When we are studying, writing about, or talking about literature, we have to look at all the associations, or CONNOTATIONS, surrounding the word. That's what my students came up with, above. What other connotations can you think of for milk?