Thursday, October 30, 2008


the word synecdoche has been playing on repeat in my head since watching the below preview for synechdoche, new york yesterday. there was an animated discussion about how it should be pronounced, and i couldn't for the life of me remember what the word meant or why it sounded familiar to me, and now i can't get it out of my head.

function: noun
etymology: latin, from greek synekdochē, from syn- + ekdochē sense, interpretation, from ekdechesthai to receive, understand, from ex from + dechesthai to receive; akin to greek dokein to seem good — more at ex-, decent
date: 15th century

1: a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole (as fifty sail for fifty ships)
2: the whole for a part (as society for high society), the species for the genus (as cutthroat for assassin)
3: the genus for the species (as a creature for a man)
4: or the name of the material for the thing made (as boards for stage)

— syn·ec·doch·ic \ˌsi-ˌnek-ˈdä-kik\ adjective
— syn·ec·doch·i·cal \-ˈdä-ki-kəl\ adjective
— syn·ec·doch·i·cal·ly \-ki-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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