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Re: Osama or Usama?
<<On Tue, 9 Oct 2001 01:04:18 -0400, Larry Weil <email@example.com> said:
> And I find it odd that media outlets tend to use the name of the
> capital city to mean, in effect, the country.
I don't. It's a common-enough figure of speech that there's even a
specific name for it: metonymy.
The one that really gets my goat is reporters constantly saying things
like ``the capital city of Islamabad'' which is simply wrong:
Islamabad doesn't HAVE a capital city, it IS the capital city. Could
the reporter not bear to shut his or her mouth for one lousy tenth of
a second? (The correct phrasing would be ``the capital city,