Dec 4, 2007

losing the war on metonymy

Emmett O'Connell, a casualty, down but not out:
As I learned a few days ago, from the above mentioned nerd-king, metonymy is "is the use of a word for a concept with which the original concept behind this word is associated."

Like "press," which is literally a way to print something, also means the news media, Olympia has become a lazy-ass crutch for people when they could be saying something else.

No one else cares, but I'll care.

Repeat after me:

The state legislature is not Olympia.

The state government is not Olympia.
And Olympia is not Olympia. Just to keep things straight.

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