Synedoche: Please Lend Us Your Ears!

Grey Beard

Grey Beard

Someone recently sent me a great word: synecdoche. Wow! I had fun looking up this word and finding examples of common synedoches. What’s not to love?

Synedoche noun [si NEK duh kee]- a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (or occasionally a whole for part). After a tree fell on my Jeep, I was ready to get a new set of wheels.

  • Get it? Here are a few more:
  • Hired hands (employees)
  • Kleenex (and brand of tissue)
  • Grey Beard (old man)
  • The White House (president and his staff)
  • Many mouths to feed (many people)
  • Washington DC (the US government)
  • The pen is mightier than the sword (written words carry more weight than the use of physical force)
  • Suit (a businessman or woman)

Oh please do send me some more!

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