Even now, writing this post, I need to go back and look it up again:
synecdoche n. 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. (source: Dictionary.com)I looked it up a few days ago because it was used on the extremely articulate Darren Barefoot's blog. I never thought I'd see "cereal box" and "synecdoche" in the same sentence, but there you go.
It's a good thing thing I'm not taking General Paper examinations anymore, because I would next have to figure out how to use "synecdoche" in a sentence to illustrate its meaning, and man, I'm still stumped on that one.
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