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Monday, 8 August 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Synecdoche


Synecdoche: A figure of speech in which a part is used to represent the whole.

Examples:

Describing a vehicle as ‘wheels’
‘grey beard’ for an older man
‘hands’ for workers as in, ‘All hands on deck.’
‘the good book’ for the Bible
‘bug’ for any kind of insect
‘glasses’ for spectacles
‘irons’ for shackles used to restrict a prisoner
‘rubber’ for a condom.

Pic: Californian Poppies.
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