Saturday, 27 January 2018

It's Just a Figure of Speech!

Last month we did Antithesis and Oxymoron.  3 more figures of speech for you!

Synecdoche is pretty abstruse – I had to look it up and was surprised.  It applies when you name something by just referring to part of them eg 'suits' to mean business people – it also applies the other way round – as in saying 'England won the test match' – England here stands for its cricket team.

Irony – oh boy, when I researched the meaning of this term, mostly I could only find really boring jargon laden explanations.  So I'll leave you to work it out for yourself from the examples.

Anthropomorphism – this one is a bit easier although it is a mouthful.  It is where you assign human qualities to an animal or thing.  We do this all the time.  In the classic Watership Down the rabbits could talk.  And Mr Ed of course.  And a whole empire was built on Mickey Mouse.  And the lovely work of Beatrix Potter.

Next month – Pun, Metonymy and Onomatopoeia – how on earth will we be able to wait that long!

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