Metonymy _2_

Niyatt Mengis
Period 6
Me·ton·y·my [mi-ton-uh-mee]
 Noun - Rhetoric
 A Greek term meaning “a change of
 A figure of speech that consists of the
use of the name of one object or
concept for that of another to which it
is related, or of which it is a part.
Example 1
“The pen is mightier than the sword”
 From Edward Bulwer Lytton's play
 The "pen" stands in for the written
 The "sword" stands in for military
aggression and force
Example 2
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend
me your ears"
 From William Shakespeare’s play
Julius Caesar
 “Ears” stands in for attention
 He wants the attention of his peers.
Example 3
“Her voice is full of money”
 From F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great
 “Her voice” stands in for the woman
entirely, her personality, who she is.
 Money is the adjective describing her.
More examples
“I give you my word”
 “Word” stands in for a promise in
which he is suppose to keep.
 “Can I have a word?”
 “Word” refers to a conversation,
meaning that person would like to
speak with you.
More examples
The “White House” stands in for the
president who is involved in
government affairs.
 "Hollywood" stands in for American
cinema, because of the fame and
cultural identity of Hollywood is the
historical center of movie studios and
movie stars.
More Examples
The “crown” stands in for a king or
ruler, someone with power.
 “Wall Street” refers to the United
States money market or financial
 A “pink slip” refers to the layoff notice
of an employee.
Metonymy: My Understanding
It replaces the name of one thing with
the name of something else closely
associated with it.
It could be a synonym, substitution,
replacement, euphemism, or