I want to write an opening for my essay, but I'm not sure which term to use: metonymy or synecdoche. I have a feeling that it is a synecdoche because Google is a part of the Internet, but I would like confirmation.

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    Hello, Grace. Why don't you give two example sentences, showing an example of synecdoche and metonymy respectively, and say which seems closer to an example sentence with G/google? – Edwin Ashworth Aug 26 '19 at 18:35
  • Why use either word, especially since you’re not comfortable with either one? They are technical terms. – Xanne Aug 27 '19 at 6:18

If you are using 'Google' to stand for all electronic activity, or for the entire net, that is definitely synecdoche.

"Google was invented by Berners."
"Google transforms lives in Africa through mail, education, business, and economies of infrastructure."

If you are using 'Google' to stand for a business using the net that would be metonomy.

There is, as you have realised, much overlap.

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    Those example sentences don't seem like synecdoche or metonymy to me. The first instance describes a specific search engine only, leaving the the inference of the whole to come from "and all that". The second instance describes the activities of a particular company. Neither one really calls to mind any other internet activity, it's not clear that Google is being used to describe anything other than Google itself here. – Nuclear Hoagie Aug 26 '19 at 18:49
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    Who is "Berners"? – Michael Harvey Aug 26 '19 at 19:19
  • I can't accept this as a good answer, since you haven't provided definitions of the words synecdoche or metonomy (and possibly additional arguments) that would support your conclusion. As it stands, the answer only provides an unsubstantiated personal opinion. – Jason Bassford Aug 27 '19 at 3:19

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