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|TYPES OF CONNOTATION|
Challenge vs. Difficult
Positive: Yesterday’s session was a challenge.
For something to be a challenge, it’s not necessarily bad, you may actually enjoy it. But, a difficult situation is usually unpleasant.
Energetic vs. Hyperactive
Positive: His son is more than a little energetic.
Most children are energetic; that can be a lot of fun to be around. But hyper-reaction insinuates just a little bit too much.
Economical vs. Cheap
Positive: Before he makes any purchases, John likes to do his research; he’s very economical.
When we think of someone economical, we tend to consider them to be logical and wise. Meanwhile, cheap is a derogatory term for someone stingy.
Generous vs. Extravagant
Positive: Your gift to the Trust was too generous.
To compliment someone’s generosity is to offer high praise. If, however, you call their act of kindness extravagant, you’re telling them they went too far (and that’s hardly complimentary).
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