Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Attention, word lovers

The names for linguistic phenomena may interest only word lovers—but there are many of thoseGarner among this blog’s followers. Legal writing expert Bryan Garner, who counts himself among the word lovers, presents a passel of arcane but interesting tags in the May ABA Journal. For instance, synecdoche is a metaphor that uses a part to represent the whole: you drive your wheels. And metonymy refers to a thing with the name of something related: you see a play on Broadway, and the bench may issue a ruling. A zeugma combines terms in an unexpected way for humorous or dramatic effect: “I lost my wallet and my temper.” See Garner’s article for more fascinating terminology. (Yes, I am a word lover who finds these terms fascinating!)


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