It seems that the weather gods have taken note of my joy at our spate of sunny days, and have decided to punish my hubris at proclaiming my satisfaction to the rest of you by sending me an overcast, cold and gloomy Sunday. Thus, I find myself sitting at the computer instead of running around in the local hills, and sharing with you some thoughts and observations. Actually, I’m sharing some thoughts that were written by my favorite curmudgeon, Michael, whose site you see listed at the top of my favorites list. Michael is another member of the grammar police who helps keep my writing from straying too far from the precepts pounded into me by the good sisters at Our Lady of Perpetually Hopeless Cases, only he doesn’t use as heavy a ruler. Hope you all had an enjoyable Spring day.

“Vatican says Pope not at fault in case.” In
case what? In case you were wondering? In case you planned to sue? In
any case, since my mother died there is probably no one else on the
planet who cares about the difference between synechdoche and metonymy.
I can never remember, but when the Vatican, which is a place, speaks it
makes me think about it again. In case I was wrong and there is still
one person out there who is interested, here it is: synechdoche is
using a part for the whole: (“all hands on deck” really means bring
your feet and the rest of you as well) or the whole for a part
(Cleveland didn’t beat the Lakers, it was just the Cavaliers—or maybe
just LeBron). Metonymy uses a separate but related concept to
substitute for what you really mean. That headline really means “Pope
says pope not at fault.” Surprise…. I’m pretty sure Julius Caesar
didn’t really want a bunch of ears, so ”lend me your ears” is metonymy,
unless he really meant “I want to borrow your whole bodies,” in which
case it would be synechdoche. Caesar was a classier guy than my old Air
Force sergeant, who would have said, “You mens listen up.”


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8 Responses to English

  1. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge, Indeed I do remember the ruler thwacking the back of my hand. Back then the nuns all had an unplesant similar aroma that was stale. Though the Bishop calls me buddy, I tend to keep my distance from the Church. Michael\’s post did make me smile. As ever be well my friend

  2. Beth says:

    It has been a lovely, warm sunny day here. I am sorry your weather was gloomy today Jorge.

  3. Neora Chana says:

    Love it! Sorry your weather cooled down; we had about 4 days in the 70s week before last and then last week got cool again; highs in the 40s. I had never heard these terms before and will probably have to read your post o couple of more times to be sure I get it right. Have a good day. B\’Shalom.

  4. SANDRA says:

    Once again, visiting your site, I am reminded of why I love to read your blogs. Ahhhh the "Infallable Pope" ….."Thwack!!!!" from the ruler!I love the terminology, and thank you for clearing this up in my thoughts! I miss you dear friend. Always, Sandra

  5. Kathryn says:

    wanted to come by and say hello (I went by HS\’s place and saw spam, had it on mine – lawd aren\’t they tenacious!) ….. I don\’t get to spaces much anymore – at least not to comment. Hope you have been well.

  6. Gayle says:

    Stopping by to say hello. I haven\’t spent much time writing this year and don\’t think that will change through the summer. May you and yours find the sun shining in your backyard for a month of Sundays.Gayle

  7. sweeti's says:

    And then Jorge he washed his hands like Pontius Pilates…How easy to put ur head in the ground….Horrible act..and who knows whats going on this very momenttc my friend im gonna visit ur Curmudgeon.lolMJ

  8. Marilena says:

    hehe interesting

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