Aside from being an uglier word to say than look at, a synecdoche is a specific type of metonym where something is referred to by either a component of itself or, conversely, a broader category to which it belongs. When I call myself a writer, I’m naming one aspect of the process to say that I’m a storyteller.
- I need to find a way to put the slog in irons. [Referring to shackles by their material]
- Seeking to escape the slog, we entreated the Church to grant us asylum. [Referring to specific people by the organization they belong to, and that organization by the building it works in]
Synecdoche. Use it.
Container for the thing contained!
Lots of those! Like “drinking a glass”.
Love your examples for the words you send
Thanks! I imagine they’re often more useful than just the dry explanation. (>^-‘)>
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