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the pen is mightier than the sword
pen: words
sword: war

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:32

Excerpt from The Book Thief-
"Women with nothing but kids and poverty would come running out and plead with him to paint their blinds."

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 08:41

Not sure if this is right, you might be thinking of euphemism ;D

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:07

when we say "the white house is releasing a statement on......" we refer to the US government as the white house

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 08:30
I helpful way to understand

I helpful way to understand this is, the white house can't actually, physically release a statement. The people who are in power, the government, are really participating in the action, but since the White House has been the place of governing for many years people began to associate White House with the governing taking place and a Metonymy has been established.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:21
Thank you!

This was a much better example.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:24


Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 08:34

metonomy is when a whole represents a part, and a synecdoche is when a part represents a whole

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 21:16

Actually, metonymy is when something associated with the thing is substituted; synecdoche is when a part is substituted for the whole or vice versa. Metonymy: She was a star of the silver screen. Synecdoche: Denver won the Super Bowl.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 00:03

" I fear these guns will fire".......guns refer to soldiers....

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 17:34
what is it called when you

what is it called when you have a series of stories linked to each other by the last line in the previous story? In other words, like the new DISH network ads: "When you get depressed, you go to seminars; when you go to seminars, you feel like a winner; when you feel like a winner,..." (etc).

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:43
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Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 23:46

what is the difference between metonymy and synecdoche?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:40

Metonymy, I believe is used to represent something. Like if we say, "I pledge allegiance to the flag..." we don't really pledge our allegiance to a piece of cloth. The flag is used to represent the country. So really, you're pledging allegiance to your country.
Synecdoche is used to refer a specific part to a whole. Like "a pair of hands" referring to a helper. Notice that the hands that were referenced does relate to the helper, for s/he DOES, in fact have a pair of hands; so it is part of a whole. Whereas, again, metonymy is just used to represent something.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 04:40
Be careful

Your examples are correct but don't over simplify, something like "the crown has decreed a day of mourning", here the crown being an example of synecdoche - Although that isn't to say the king had to wear a crown when he made his decree. I would think a better way of thinking of it is this - Synecdoche is the part representing the whole, you don't simply need hands when helping, you require a fully functioning body not to mention the ears to hear this request, but it is represented through the significance of your hands. Metonymy is representation by relation, the flag is a related concept to America though not intrinsically a part of it (despite what a patriot may think), another example would be "The Oval office released a statement today", here presumably the President is releasing this statement and the President is not technically a smaller part of the Oval office but a related noun. However as there is a huge overlap between related concepts and direct parts of something - A crown is a related concept to a king and therefore also metonym (however a king has his crown, it is less direct that a president has his oval office, the president works in many areas, noone usually says "Airforce one released a statement today unless it actually came from the operators of Airforce one.), but as you can see from the length of this the distinction can be difficult. Such is english!

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:23
metonymy and synecdoche

they are relatively the same thing.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/04/2012 - 07:36
"When we use the name

"When we use the name 'Washington D.C.' we are talking about the U.S.' political hot seat by referring to the political capital of the United States because all the significant political institutions such as the White House, Supreme Court, and the U.S. Capitol and many more are located *here."

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 19:23

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