Xray Posted November 20, 2009 Share Posted November 20, 2009 (edited) It is an issue of denotation vs. connotation. While term "puppy" denotes "young dog", it can connotatively be applied to refer to e. g. an emotionally immature person. At least according to here the denotation of a word or phrase is the literal meaning or "dictionary definition". According to this dictionary the 2nd meaning of "puppy" is "an insolent, conceited, or silly young man." This implies (suggests?) the 2nd meaning is denotative, not connotative. Maybe many years ago the 2nd meaning wasn't in dictionaries and thus connotative, but not now.The second meaning is connotative. Good basic info on connotation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ConnotationDictionaries can list connotative meanings too; often there is (fig) added ('figurative speech'), or (slang). Example: dictionary entry for the term 'nut': http://www.objectivistliving.com/forums/index.php?app=forums&module=post§ion=post&do=reply_post&f=37&t=4499&qpid=84005 Edited November 20, 2009 by Xray Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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