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Re: the grammar of photographic writers

Don't forget we haven't even gotten to synecdoche yet. Many brains on the list should be able to make short work of it.

On Oct 14, 2007, at 5:51 PM, Judy Seigel wrote:

On Mon, 15 Oct 2007, Don Sweet wrote:

Hi Judy

The term I would use to describe a construction like "we the people" is apposition. The first word is defined by the other two words. Metonymy is use of one word as a symbol for another, eg "the War of the Roses" using the emblems of the houses of Lancaster and York (red and white roses respectively) to represent the rival armies.

Oh, I like "apposition"! Excellent....

Now just for fun I mention that when I checked the dictionary for the spelling of "metonymy," it gave two examples, one of them American -- namely, "the White House" for "president."

Well, I thought it was amusing... Anyway, I'm getting to like this "Oxford American Dictionary," despite its weird typography: It's portable, hence handier than the unabridged, which requires a voyage across the room (and has anyway permitted its type to get too small for human consumption).