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There’s a word for it, alright

Read the very amusing tale below and answer the quiz that follows it. Or not. It’s a free country — if you buy two others at the regular price.

Ten years ago, the future Mrs. Cool Kid asked for my hand in marriage. I said no, and offered my left earlobe instead.

She agreed.

Then she took off her glasses and poured Coke in each — Dr. Pepper for me and Mountain Dew for her.

I lifted my glass and said, “Toast.”

She lifted hers and said, “You sure are.”


1. Can you identify the synecdoches used in the story? If so, do so.

2. Can you even define synecdoche? If so, do so.

3. Can you spell synecdoche without looking at the column? If so, do so.

4. Did you fail the quiz and fall flat on your face? That’s so Inspector Clouseau.


1. “Hand in marriage” and “glasses.” I tossed in the “Coke” and “toast” parts to keep you on your toes. Coke is just slang. I used toast homonymically.

2. A word (or words) that is a part of a thing and is used to represent the whole thing. In that very amusing (as promised) tale, my hand in marriage meant she wanted all of me (can’t blame her). And glasses meant spectacles. The pouring drinks into them part was just my clever sense of humor.

3. I don’t know, you tell me.

4. Uhmm. Got no real answer here. Other than my standard, “That’s why they call it a kite.”

If you need more help expanding your vocabulary, give me a call. My number is one.

I am, after all, the Usain Bolt of pointless and soon to be dated Usain Bolt analogies.