Ambiguities, Metonyms and Swifties


Kids make nutritious snacks.
Grandmother of eight makes hole in one.
Milk drinkers are turning to powder.
Drunk gets nine months in violin case.
Throw momma from the train a kiss.
Crocodiles and Alligators are easily confused.


A word designates something by the name of something associated with it; e.g. the Crown referring to the monarchy, the bottle referring to alcohol, the White House for the US executive branch.
• From Greek meta (=change).

The bench referring to the Judge
Scotland Yard referring to the police department
The Hill referring to the US center of government
The suits for the VIPs of a company

Tom Swifties

I need a pencil sharpener,” said Tom bluntly.
“Oops! There goes my hat!” said Tom off the top of his head.
“I have a split personality,” said Tom, being frank.

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