Forgive us, patient Figarists, for we have gone astray. We just turned in the final, edited manuscript to our next book, Word Hero: Mark Twain, Warren Buffett, and Mr. Potatohead Help You Master the Art of Expression. In the race to the deadline, we ignored you, and we’re sorry.
To soothe your feelings, we offer a bit of anthropomorphism, the trope of personification. It doesn’t get enough respect in the figurative world, and yet it’s the stuff of gods. After all, what do you get when you take a metonymy—a trope that makes a characteristic of something stand for the whole thing—and mate it with personification? A god! That’s how the ancients came up with gods of drunkenness, lust, and even rhetoric.