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."And Olympia is not Olympia. Just to keep things straight.
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.
Dec 4, 2007
losing the war on metonymy
Emmett O'Connell, a casualty, down but not out: