Word of the Week: Metonym

Yes, folks, I’m talking rhetoric again. I just can’t leave the subject alone.

Today’s word is a figure of speech you use–whether you know it or not–whenever you say or write something like, “The pen is mightier than the sword”. Here’s how my Chambers Dictionary app defines metonym:

Metonym definition

My favourite example of metonymy is found in a lot of UK-based police procedurals, where characters in the police service refer to their fellow¬†police officers as, ‘job’. ¬†As in, “That security guard over there’s ex-job. I worked with him at Barton Street nick in 2005”.

So now you know. Go forth and metonymise!

Lynn is the founder and quality-maven-in-chief of Lexis Writing, a collective of expert writers creating high quality content and copy for businesses in the UK and beyond.

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