Reading and Writing Rocks Yellow / Lesson 16: Word Overtones: Connotation and Denotation
Connotation & Denotation Denotation
The denotation of skinny is "very thin"
Skinny suggests "too thin"
Skinny has a negative connotation because being too thin sounds like a bad thing to be.
Slender suggests "attractively thin"
Slender has a positive connotation because it sounds like a good thing to be.
They do not suggest either good or bad meanings
Example of neutral words: hat, seventeen, and yearly