Words are living, breathing entities that morph over time and place. OK, they're aren't "alive" in a scientific sort of way, but if you study language and love words, you know what I mean by that, right?
Not only do words have precise meanings, they also carry implications. In technical terms, we call this denotation and connotation.
The denotation of a word is its exact meaning as stated in the dictionary, while the connotation of a word evokes either a positive or negative association. For example: the words "stingy" and "frugal" both imply a hesitation in spending or giving, yet "stingy" carries a decidedly negative connotation of one being ungenerous, while "frugal" carries the positive connotation of being careful or wise.
The dictionary definitions of the following words are nearly the same, yet most of them carry a positive or negative connotation. Interestingly, some can be either, depending on the context in which they are used. It is also true that culture and sub-culture can be a determining factor in the way one perceives the connotation of a word, which means that one person may react to a word differently than another.
Do the following words carry a positive, negative or neutral connotation for YOU?