The words that make up a language
Idiomatic to Universal
Idiomatic: In this place and in this time, this word means this thing.
Universal: In the general society, here's what people mean when they use this word..
Denotative to Connotative
Denotative: In the dictionary, this is what this word means.
Connotative: Here's how people interpret this word when they read it.
When faced with unknown words, use what you know about letter sounds. The "h" in herb is silent. ST says /st/.