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Unformatted text preview: ly; the habitual abode of one’s family. But, do the two words always mean the same thing? Look at the following sentences and consider the different uses of the word home. Israel is the ancestral home of many of the world’s religions. Pedro is an American citizen, but he considers Mexico his home. The way home for the runaway is often long and lonely. In each sentence, the word home means something different, something more subtle and complicated than the denotative meaning of a dwelling or a structure. In the second sentence, Pedro’s emotional attachment to Mexico is great enough for him to think of it as home, a place of warmth, love, family, and happiness, even though he has an actual dwelling or abode somewhere in the United States. In general, words have connotations that are positive or negative; sometimes a connotation is neutral, but this is less likely. Most often, words derive their connotations from the context in which they appear, or the way people use them. It’s rare to use words only in their denotative, dictionary meaning, and because wor...
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- Fall '13