Class is now in session; it’s time for Lucy’s #LitGloss! Do direct your attention to the letter ‘D’. Let’s delve into the dictionary to discuss D’s different dimensions, divested of all distractions, undaunted by the depth of this discourse. Are you determined to discover? Then, let’s do this!

 

Denotation

 

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A word can mean many things depending on how you use it. Let’s take the word ‘dog’. Instantly its denotation aka primary meaning comes to mind: a barking four-legged mammal that you can play fetch with. However, ‘dog’ can mean something beyond that. This meaning we find in its connotations-definitions that are not usually listed in the dictionary. For example, you call Bruno over by saying “Come here, dog!”. That can mean two completely different things: either he’s your best friend or nemesis, depending on whether Bruno is human or not.

 

Don Juan

 

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Here’s a fellow who is very popular with the ladies given that he has the looks, the charms, and the utter disregard for norms of behavior. He has been reinvented numerous times in different mediums: Mozart’s famous opera Don Giovanni (1787), Lord Byron’s poem Don Juan (1821), and recently on film in JGL’s Don Jon (2013).

 

Dystopia

 

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We have dreamed of utopias, places that are too good to be true complete with ice cream hills and cotton candy clouds. However, dystopias have been creating pretty big rooms in our imaginations lately with the rise of books like The Hunger Games and Divergent whose predecessors are Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World.

Dystopia, literally meaning ‘bad place’, represents undesirable societies which usually combine two or all of the following: famine, natural (or unnatural) calamities, iron-fisted governments, technology gone overboard, genetic anomalies, dehumanization of citizens and (add your personal favorite dystopian quality here).

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