I’ve been fascinated with the connotations of words for a long time…ever since I learned the word connotation. Of late I’ve realized that I have a few words and phrases that I use regularly that I didn’t realize my personal connotations were not understood by everybody. Here are a few.
Yell: By that I mean to argue with someone in an attempt to get my way when I don’t think they will readily concede. The tone may be sweet or angry, but just a general attempt to persuade someone.
Hoodlum: Any kid doing anything that might irritate or bother someone, namely me.
I Know: I understand (I’ve stopped using this one so much as it got me into so much trouble with my mother)
I’m going to steal that: Can I borrow that from you?
Do you stay stuff that everyone misunderstands?