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14 Oct metonymy

Oval OfficeMetonymy s a form of speech that uses an individual or an attribute as a proxy for a larger object, group or class. Examples include John Doe for an unnamed person (typically male – Jane Doe for female), oval office for the US Presidency, suit for business executive, or the track for horse racing. Metonymy is broader than synecdoche, which is strictly using a part to describe the whole. Metonymy and synecdoche both twist context in ways that only the broader context of the surrounding language can help a person (or machine) discern the true intent of the speaker or writer.


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