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October 22, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
Word
synecdoche
noun
Definition
a figure of speech by which a less encompassing term is put for a more encompassing term or vice versa
Example
Shakespeare's Macbeth employs synecdoche when he orders a servant out of his presence with the command "Take thy face hence."
Origin
"Synecdoche," from Greek "syn-" ("together") and "ekdochē" ("interpretation"), is a good word to know if you are a budding author. Writers, and especially poets, use synecdoche in several different ways to create vivid imagery. Most frequently, synecdoche involves substituting a part for the whole ("fifty sail" for "fifty ships"). Less commonly, it involves putting the whole for the part ("society" for "high society"), the species for the genus ("cutthroat" for "assassin"), the genus for the species ("a creature" for "a man"), or the material for the thing made ("boards" for "stage"). Synecdoche is similar to metonymy, the use of the name of one thing in place of something associated with it (such as "Shakespeare" for "the works of Shakespeare").
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Idiom
cool as a cucumber
Calm and composed, self-possessed, as in Despite the mishap Margaret was cool as a cucumber. This idiom may be based on the fact that in hot weather the inside of cucumbers remains cooler than the air. [c. 1600]
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
Fun facts
  1. The sun evaporates about a trillion tons of water a day.
  2. The Caspian Sea is actually a lake.
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Artist
Walt Disney
Dec 5, 1901 - Dec 15, 1966

Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Born in Chicago in 1901, Disney developed an early interest in drawing. He took art classes as a boy and got a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. He moved to California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy. With Ub Iwerks, Walt developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success; he also provided the voice for his creation in the early years. As the studio grew, Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras.

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Historical figure
Karel Engliš
Aug 17, 1880 - Jun 15, 1961

Karel Engliš war ein tschechischer Ökonom, Politikwissenschaftler und Begründer der teleologischen Wirtschaftstheorie.

Engliš war der erste Rektor der Masaryk-Universität Brünn und von 1947 bis 1948 Rektor der Karls-Universität in Prag. Gemeinsam mit Alois Rašín war er als Finanzminister maßgeblich an der tschechoslowakischen Währungsreform nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg beteiligt. Von 1934 bis 1938 war er Gouverneur der Tschechoslowakischen Nationalbank.

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Historic event
Siege of Bergen op Zoom

The Siege of Bergen op Zoom took place during the Austrian War of Succession, when a French army, under the command of Lowendal and the overall direction of Marshal Maurice de Saxe, laid siege and captured the strategic Dutch border fortress of Bergen op Zoom on the border of Brabant and Zeeland in 1747. The fortress was defended by Dutch, Austrians, British, Hanoverians and Hessians that supported the Pragmatic Sanction.

After seven years of brutal war, both sides in this conflict were suffering from weariness of the war. Although tentative peace initiatives had been put forward, neither side was yet willing to make meaningful concessions. The capture of Bergen op Zoom would be a signal defeat for the Dutch and would open the door for an invasion of the Dutch Netherlands. The siege was the center of attention in Europe and news of it followed eagerly in numerous reports with the Pragmatic allies confident that the fortress would withstand the French and the French determined it should fall.

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