Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Metonymy, New York
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2009 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
When I was in high school, I overheard a couple of English teachers mentioning how they always confuse metonymy and synecdoche and laughing their heads off. Now Leonard is ahead of the game.