Define Connotations

dictionary definition of a wordWhat is connotation?  Recently I was giving a presentation, and I talked about a word’s connotation.  “Traditionally, for many, doubt has a negative connotation.”  Someone interrupted me mid-sentence, in front of everyone, “uh, I think you mean denotation.”  Um, excuse me, but I am a lawyer, and I was an English major before that, and an avid reader and word lover/enthusiast always, and I believe I know the difference between connotation and denotation better than you do, thank you very much.  Also, even if you were right (which you’re not), it’s extremely rude to interrupt someone and try to make them look stupid in front of a group.  And it’s especially obnoxious if you’re also wrong.  But then, of course, I went straight home and looked up both denotation and connotation in the dictionary, and this is what I discovered: Continue reading

“In the beginning” and other cliches

Dunce One’s post about Very Bad Poetry got me thinking.  Once upon a time, I used to like poetry very much, and fancied myself somewhat of a burgeoning poet.  The reality is, I haven’t written or attempted to write a poem in well over a decade (life gets in the way; you know how it goes).  So imagine my excitement when I came across the “¡Poetry!” group on, a group for poetry enthusiasts to share favorite poems and ideas, as well as original works, in hopes of praise, acclaim, advice, understanding, or (one would hope at least constructive) criticism.  Continue reading

The Anti-Kid Movement

A recent slew of articles has been driving me bonkers: (see also this one and this one).  Restaurants, airlines, grocery stores are all lashing out against children and their parents, and I am left confused, frustrated, and incensed.

Most annoying are the ignorant comments appearing below the articles from illiterate non-parents who assume INCORRECTLY that only children with bad parents misbehave.  News Flash, IDIOTS: ALL CHILDREN MISBEHAVE!  All kids are loud!  Do you think that, just because you don’t have any, you get a monopoly on being annoyed by their noise and tantrums?  You know who’s REALLY sick of noisy, misbehaving kids? The PARENTS of those noisy, misbehaving kids. Continue reading

Stuff. Book processor stuff.

This happened to me the other day, in my shop of all places.  And it was not pleasant.

In walks this guy who, for as long as I have known him, has always thought that he was so freaking cool.  Everything he said was funny.  Everything he did was awesome.  Everything he thought was brilliant.  And every girl he wanted, he got.

In his mind, anyway.  Continue reading