Leisure and Recreational Activities

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Lien Caputo09/10/12
Mrs. Carlson11AP
Denotation/Connotation

John Ruskin once said, “You must get in the habit of looking intensely at words. You must learn to read syllable by syllable, nay, letter by letter.” By this, he means that as readers and writers, you need to look at the deeper meaning of the words instead of just what you think it means. I agree with this quote because without understanding what you’re reading or writing, you aren’t getting the deeper meaning of what’s in front of you. You are just simply reading, without comprehending what lies underneath the word.

Many people believe that there is not a difference between the words “recreation” and play.” However, there are many distinctions that people don’t recognize between the words. The word “recreation” simply means an activity done for enjoyment when one is not working. “Play” means activities, which are voluntarily done for amusement or fun. The denotations of these words are very similar, but the connotations are different. When people hear the word “recreation,” they often think of the terms relaxation, enjoyment, exercise or leisure. When they hear the word “play,” they think of the terms games, toys, sports, or amusement. The difference between these words are that recreation is an activity you do to pass time or to have fun, while play is an activity that could be fun, but could also consist of harsh and foul activities, such as sports. The word play is associated with either board games or sports, which are usually competitive, unlike recreational activities.

The word “play” would be used to tell children to play a game, with their toys or a sport. “Play” would be used during a game, either sport or a board game, or to tell children to do an activity outside or in another area. This word would be used in a sports arena, in a classroom, outside or in a house. This word will be used to tell children to do their activities and get exercise somewhere, or to tell...
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