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coming of age
Coming of Age
  • Coming of age is a young person's transition from childhood to adulthood. The age at which this transition takes place varies in society, as does the nature of the transition.Itcan be a simple legal convention or can be part of a ritual, as practiced by many societies. In the past, and in some societies today, such a change are associated with the age of sexual maturity (Early-Adolescence); in others, it is associated with an age of religious responsibility. Particularly in western societies, modern legal conventions which stipulate points in late adolescence or early adulthood (most commonly 16-21 when adolescents are generally no longer considered minors and are granted the full rights of an adult) are the focus of the transition. In either case, many cultures retain ceremonies to confirm the coming of age, and significant benefits come with the change.
  • Inference is the act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true.
  • The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of itsliteralmeaning:the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend
  • A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two different things, usually by employing the words "like" or "as".
  • The literal meaning or "dictionary definition" of a term, devoid of emotion, attitude, and color.
  • Dog: The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris),[2][3] is a subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus), a member of the Canidae family of the mammilian order Carnivora. The term "domestic dog" is generally used for both domesticated and feral varieties.
  • The associated or secondary meaning of a word or expressioninaddition to its explicit or primary meaning: A possible connotationof “home” is “a place of warmth, comfort, and affection.”
  • Dog: n. friend of the same sex, usually male. Derived from the members of the Dogg Pound. pl.: dogs

How've you been, dog? Long time no see!

  • One ugly girl or man. Usually, in a case of a dog you would stay away from it.

WOW, Jessica Zonb is a Dog!!!


Below are groups of words which are often used to describe people. What are the connotations of the words?

Childlike, Youthful, Childish, Young

Disabled, Crippled, Handicapped, Retarded

Relaxed, Laid-back, Lackadaisical, Easy-going

Slim, Skinny, Slender, Thin

Cheap, Frugal, Miserly, Economical

Young, Immature, Juvenile, Youthful

Inquisitive, Interested, Curious, Convivial

Confident, Secure, Proud, Egotistical

Lovely, Knockout, Beautiful, Stunning

Talkative, Conversational, Chatty, Nosy


Read the sentences below. Can you identify the words that have a negative connotation?

Bedford is an uppity neighborhood, but the rents are cheap.

On my flight to Los Angeles, I sat next to this babe. She was absolutely stunning.

Every morning my neighbor takes his mutt to the park. It always barks loudly when leaving the building.

You need to be pushy when you are looking for a job.

Bob is quite vocal at every staff meeting. He always speaks.