The other day, I was reading an article about an individual who used to become pen pals with murderers in order to gain information about them. I believe this individual was a member of the CIA, hence why he was in contact with murderers.
At one point in the article, the following sentence is used:
"It struck me that while they were national spectacles - the graphic stories of the way they killed people splashed across the news - I didn't really know anything about them.
By the way, in this sentence, when the writer mentions "they" ("... while they were national spectacles..."), the writer is talking about the murderers.
In any case, here's my question:
The use of "splashed" is a particularly interesting and clever verb choice - it is so specifically chosen that I was wondering if there is a literary device name for this particular situation?
What I mean is, the writer could have chosen any verb to fit that sentence, but he used "splashed", and this links very well to the idea of how blood splashes everywhere (therefore linking to the subject matter) while also linking to the idea of killings making quickly way across news headlines.