What is the denotative versus connotative meanings of words? What would some examples of this be in a home environment or in a corporate environment?
Well let's first define which each of them mean. According to www.answers.com it says;
Connotative - Implying something additional; illative. Implying an attribute, connotative term, one which denotes a subject and implies an attribute - tending to bring a memory, mood, or image, for example, subtly or indirectly to mind: allusive, evocative, impressionistic, reminiscent, suggestive.
Antonyms: basic meaning, denotation, literal meaning
The meaning that a word suggests or implies; a connotation includes the emotions or associations that surround a word. For example, the word modern strictly means "belonging to recent times," but the word's connotations can include such notions as "new, up to date, and experimental."
Example - The suggestion of a meaning by a word beyond what it explicitly denotes or describes. The ...