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Is this a metonymy or synecdoche?

In Katy Perry's song "Firework", there's a line that goes like this: After a hurricane, comes a rainbow. I know that "hurricane" and "rainbow" are not metaphors, nor are they symbols. I was ...
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What do you call the collective singular as a rhetorical device? (e.g. 'the Hun')

I’m trying to figure out how to refer to the rhetorical device in which one refers to a collective as an individual member of that group, e.g. ’the Hun’ for soldiers of the German Empire during the ...
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Is 'magazine' a singular subject or plural?

If I am referring to a magazine as an entity comprising its editor and staff, is it correct to say, 'The magazine are keen for submissions' or 'The magazine is keen for submissions'? (I'm correcting ...
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Is “planting tomatoes” a Metonymy or Synecdoche?

Planting tomatoes when one is planting seeds, appears to be a metonymy or synecdoche. Because the word “seeds” is replaced with the word “tomatoes”, a component of the plant could be a form of ...
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What does “'Avoid plastics' in commencement speeches" mean?

Today’s (May 12) New York Times carries an article written by Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute under the title, “How to avoid commencement clichés”. The author says: ...
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Other words for or similar to synecdoche

What size shirt are you wearing? I'm wearing a large. In this instance, large is a noun used in place of the understood [large] shirt. I'm trying to figure out if there is a word ...
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‘Longears’, ‘Tapperbill’, and ‘Painted-wings’

I was reading The Intruder by James Reeves. I couldn't understand the meaning of the following lines Longears helter-skelter shoots Into his house among the roots. At work upon the highest ...
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“Baby blues” - metonomy or synechdoche?

I understand the basic difference between metonymy and synecdoche (thanks in part to this question) but got stumped on "baby blues" as another way of saying eyes. Am I right that it is synecdoche as ...
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What is the opposite of synecdoche?

If synecdoche represents when a part of a thing or person refers to the whole, what is it called when the whole is used to refer to a part? For example, we often hear about what "The American People ...
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Origins of “head” as a synecdoche?

When, where, why and how did the term head come to be used to describe quantities of cattle, animals, people, and so on?
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“He rolled his toilet things into his housewife”

From C.S. Forester's Hornblower and the Hotspur: [The naval captain] rolled his toilet things into his housewife and tied the tapes. ODO does provide a second definition for housewife which ...
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“The England … team” vs “The English … team”

Why are country sports teams, for example, from England, referred to as 'The England football team' as opposed to 'The English football team'?
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What is the grammatical term for the following idiom?

When there is a group or list of specific items, its components are curiously pluralized when reciting them in one sentence. For instance,when a person discusses the qualities of blue-chip stocks, he ...
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Is there a term for referring to an organization by its city rather than by its name?

This happens specifically often in the technology press: There's no point trying to ascribe motives to what Redmond [instead of "Microsoft"] does. We'll see shortly if Cupertino [instead of ...
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What is the difference between metonymy and synecdoche?

What is the difference between metonymy and synecdoche?