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? Nancy Date sent: Fri, 09 Mar 2001 07:45:54 -0500 Send reply to: [log in to unmask] From: Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] 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 ... ;-) > > A. > > > 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?