The denotations seem to me the same: there is a label; it is sticking; the
surface is the forehead; ie., they give the same basic information with
slightly different emphases. I think the implications are slightly different but
the "facts" referred to are not different; so the words "denote" the same
thing. Are you using "denotation" differently from the way I am?
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Subject: Re: Eliot's letters--Gordon's Biography - erratum
Nancy Gish wrote in response to Arwin on Arwin:
> One could say either "on" or "to" in that particular phrase; they just
> have slightly different meanings. But I couldn't give you a rule for
> when both are ok and when they aren't. In this case, "on" implies that
> it is on your forehead AND it is sticking. "To" implies that it the
> sticking is TO the forehead. Slight but not the same.
> That's probably sticking too - "on" appears to be one of those horrible
> Dutchisms that I'm so afraid of when writing English ... ;-)
> > Before you know it I'll be wearing thick rimmed
> > glasses and have a four letter label sticking on my forehead. ;-)
Aren't these denotations, not implications?