Word of the day: 1/22/15

Word: Synecdoche

You pronounce it: [si-nek-duh-kee] (I know that second part looks like a bad word–at first glance, see I know what you are thinking!)

Definition:

noun, Rhetoric
1) a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the special, as in ten sail for ten ships or a Croesus for a rich man.

I heard it in class discussion when this guy said,

Zadie Smith [in White Teeth] is using synecdoche for this paragraph.

I was like, “what?” Sadly, I wasn’t familiar with the term. I hurried home to look it up.

Works Cited:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/synecdoche

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