Metonymy

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  1. Avigail David

    Avigail David Well-Known Member
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    Metonymy [meh-TAHN-uh-mee] is a figure of speech that represents a word or phrase that stands for an object, action, institution, or a concept for the object itself. For example, in the phrase "psyche up"-- in the context of remembering, preparing oneself for something or to think a problem through and then, to act on it-- psyche is a metonymy for activate or excite the thinking process to a desired aim or goal.

    Hold your horses-- take it easy; calm down; don't do anything rash

    Mindfulness - a state of self-awareness. A slowing down to feel the need to focus and be grounded on the here-and-now.

    Surf the net --
    surf = switch channels, research in motion
    net = short for internet

    "Ready for another cup?"

    cup = a cup or mug to filled with coffee

    I think I'm ready for one now.
     
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    Sorry, I have tried....but that is waaay over my head!
     
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    Nice, I have to catch myself at times not speaking complete sentences. I could use that cup now.
     
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