Defining Sauna: Denotation vs. Connotation

Sauna.

Denotation.

It’s a noun: “a small room used as a hot-air or steam bath for cleaning and refreshing the body.”

Not wrong, but not complete.

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Sauna.

Connotation.

Still a noun: a place that engenders the following.

Cleanliness.

Energy.

Relaxation.

Inspiration.

Calmness.

Quietness.

Restfulness.

Enlightenment.

Intentionality.

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Which connotation of the sauna do you most identify with? Would there be any that you would add to this list? What are some other favorite words with a loaded connotative meaning?

April 17, 2017 •