Audio Notes #348 More Carnival

not particularly

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Not particularly for Carnival, but Trinidad and Tobago as a whole.

Particularly just mean especially, so not particularly means not especially. It is used to show emphasis. Notice the sample sentences:

  1. The city is not particularly known for its food.
  2. I am not particularly happy to be taking my vacation.

distinctive

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Trinidad has a distinctive type of food.

When something is distinctive, it is easy to tell from other things that are similar. The distinctive quality of something makes it easy to identify from other things. Notice the following:

  1. People from New York have a distinctive accent.
  2. He has a distinctive hairstyle. You can notice him from far away.

exact dates

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I don't know the exact dates.

The exact date refers to a date on the calender. It refers to the day of the month and the day of the week. Notice the following:

  1. The exact date of the meeting has not been set.
  2. I think the exact date is Friday, March 3rd.

religious connotations

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What are the religious connotations to the Carnival?

A connotation is a special hidden meaning. A religious connotation would be a hidden or unspoken reference to religion. Notice the following:

  1. The connotation of the white wedding dress is that the bride is pure.
  2. There are many religious connotations in the lyrics of the song.

spiritual significance

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There may have been some spiritual significance for the freed slaves.

Significance just means importance, so if something has spiritual significance, then it is important for spiritual reasons. Spiritual refers to the feeling people get from religion, such as a feeling of love or happiness.

prominent

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Catholicism is very prominent.

When something is prominent, it is very strong and important. In societies where Catholicism is prominent, that means the Catholic Church is very important in that society and has a lot of influence in local culture. Here are some sample uses of the word prominent:

  1. Family history in very prominent in political elections.
  2. The country lacks a prominent leader.