word of the day: synecdoche

big chair synecdoche - noun (si-nek-duh-kee)

A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (as hand for sailor), the whole for a part (as the law for police officer), the specific for the general (as cutthroat for assassin), the general for the specific (as thief for pickpocket), or the material for the thing made from it (as steel for sword).

Also the title of a really great movie and fun word to say!....

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Ed. Copyright © 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Posted on May 20, 2009 and filed under random words.