While writing my question, I thought it would fall under the category or .

By polarity I am refering to the phenomenon that for example cheap could be something good (a cheap car is hard to come by) or something bad (that cheap car is all you can afford to buy?).

We've got a tag , but judging from the three questions it was used for, it seems to be about polarity as in positive and negative sentences, and not positive/negative connotation.

Any opinions, or can anybody create / ?

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    Anybody can create polarity, but I think that would be confusing since that isn't what polarity generally means in linguistics (or in English more generally in my experience). I can write something longer later, but see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_polarity and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarity_items On the other hand, a connotation tag sounds like it'd be fine.
    – user1478
    Apr 12, 2015 at 0:51
  • Yes, now that I think about I think you're right. polarity is probably not the best tag, especially as what I meant id essentially pos./neg. connotation. I'd say there's no need for a longer answer/explanation, but feel free if you'd like to.
    – blutorange
    Apr 12, 2015 at 5:55

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As mentioned by @snailboat, polarity is not used in this way usually.

I've created the tag and proposed a tag wiki for it. (Accepted, now active.)

Questions regarding commonly understood cultural or emotional associations of a word or a phrase, as opposed to the word's or phrase's explicit or literal meaning, which is called its denotation.

For example, both 化粧室 and 便所 denote the same object (bathroom or toilet), but the former carries a positive ("clean"), the latter a negative ("dirty") connotation.

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