Day 10: On connotation and denotation

“Words can have several meanings. The literal meanings, the denotation, are direct, realistic, and often found in the dictionary. What the word suggests or implies, the connotation, is symbolic, culturally constructed, and often influences the interpretation [of the word]. For example, the denotations of the word “snake” might be “reptile,” “scaly,” or “without legs.” Connotations of the word, however, might include “treachery,” “evil,” or “betrayal.””

Outlaw

Denotation: A person who has broken the law, esp. one who remains at large or is a fugitive.

Flight risk

Denotation: Used in American courts to determine whether or not a defendant (the person being accused of a crime) in a court case would consider running away or flying to another country in order to avoid being found guilty and going to prison. If someone is determined to be a “flight risk” then the bail dollar amount is raised to a very higher dollar value, making it difficult for a person to be bailed out.

Rambling man

Denotation: A man who travels from place to place, looking for odd jobs.

Gypsy

Denotation: A member of a people that arrived in Europe in migrations from northern India around the 14th century, now also living in North America and Australia. Many Gypsy groups have preserved elements of their traditional culture, including an itinerant existence and the Romany language.

Cowboy

Denotation: A man, typically one on horseback, who herds and tends cattle, esp. in the western US and as represented in westerns and novels.

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By the time you’ve reached a certain point in life, you’ve done enough to reveal patterns of movement. These actions or qualities have shown your perceived true colors, character and moral fiber.

The connotations and denotations of these attributes have the power to paint you as either the hero or the villain.

Romanticize your journey. Control the narrative.

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DAY 9: ON THE TIME I BROKE MY RIBS
DAY 8: ON THE FOUR UNDERSTANDINGS FOR A HAPPY LIFE
DAY 7: DEAR ERIC
DAY 6: ON WHY YOU’RE HAVING TROUBLE DATING IN YOUR 20′S, LADIES
DAY 5: ON SUNRISES AND SUNSETS
DAY 4: ON PARADISE
DAY 3: ON SMOKE AND WHISKEY
DAY 2: ON HOW CLOSE I WAS TO NOT EVEN GOING TO COLLEGE
DAY 1: WHY I’M WRITING EVERY DAY FOR 40 DAYS
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