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Re: inflection of metonyms

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  • C. Brickner
    Coincidentally, metonymy is the Miriam-Webster word of the day. Charlie ... Just wanted to share something interesting I overheard today. A conversation
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      Coincidentally, "metonymy" is the Miriam-Webster word of the day.
      Charlie

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      Just wanted to share something interesting I overheard today. A
      conversation between two of my colleagues:

      "Ik heb laatst nog een wortelkanaal gehad."
      "Mijn tandarts gaat binnenkort kijken naar een oude wortelkanaal."

      "I had a root canal [treatment] a while ago."
      "My dentist is going to examine an old root canal soon."

      "Wortelkanaal" (root canal) is obviously used as a metonym for "root
      canal treatment" here.

      I found it interesting that "oude" (old) is inflected for the inferred
      "behandeling" (treatment, common gender) instead of "wortelkanaal"
      (root canal, neuter gender).

      "een oud wortelkanaal" would be "an old root canal" (the anatomical part).
      "een oude wortelkanaal" is "an old root canal treatment".

      Strictly speaking, "root canal treatment" is itself a metonym for the
      _result_ of such a treatment here.

      René
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