My husband is quite good looking, in my opinion. I often think, "How did I get so lucky to have such a handsome guy?". Well, the other day, I found him even more attractive, I have to admit. You might be wondering, "Did he wear some new clothes? Get a new haircut? Try some new cologne?"
The answer is no, no and no. He used the word "synecdoche" in ordinary conversation.
I realize that this makes me sound like a geek. A nerd. A semantics-, linguistics- etymology-loving dork. That's okay. I was so enthralled by this new word that rolled off my husband's tongue that I immediately asked for a defintion and then scurried to the computer to learn more.
I told a friend about this exchange between me and my husband, and he came up with the example: "Schenectady is a synecdoche". If you're intrigued by this word and its example, I challenge you to look it up as well. If you do, maybe there's a bit of a word lover in you too!