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    Pimp My Hair

    "Who knew so many pimps were wannabe bluehairs?" -- John
    "Who knew so many bluehairs were wannabe pimps?" -- Jeanne
    Nominating the Chrysler 300 as "ugliest car" on the 'Car Talk'  website.

    Figure of Speech:  synecdoche  (sin ECK dokee), the scale-changing figure.

    "Bluehairs" refers to old ladies, not strangely dyed hairs, right?  That's what makes "bluehairs" a synecdoche ("taking one thing with another")  -- a word that swaps a part for the whole or vice versa.  The word on the street is a synecdoche.  (Two of 'em, actually: "word" and "street.")

    The figure also swaps a genus for a species, or a species for a genus.  If you're old enough to have heard Helen Redding sing her delicately understated "I am Woman, hear me roar," you experienced a synecdoche.

    Snappy Answer:   "Who knew 'Car Talk' listeners could tell what a pimp was?"

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    Reader Comments (6)

    That's hardly puzzling. Why Tom and Ray are an aural cornucopia of such aspiration — although I doubt the Dialectizer* has jived them out.

    November 22, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterStyles
    We practiced synecdoche in schenectady.
    November 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
    So where will an anthimeria carrya?
    November 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterFigaro
    Old enough? Heck -- I'm even old enough to remember when she went by the name Helen Reddy.
    October 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBruce
    I didn't know she had any other name!
    November 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
    You know Otis's sister is still sitting on the dock
    November 20, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBernard

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