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18 minutes ago, Panther said:

Say that again..?

 

Never heard of it before, so thanks for educating me! 😁

 

I wouldn't have pronounced it like that if reading it for the first time tho ... and neither should I according to Merriam Webster! (Nb I much prefer their version!)

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synecdoche

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7 minutes ago, Panther said:

It sounds like an answer you would hear on the tv programme Catchword around 1990

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catchword_(game_show)

A regular answer sounded something like /finocky hocky knocky finocky hocky knocky fication/ but I have no idea how that word is spelled (or what it means)

Did you mean:

Floccinaucinihilipilification?

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14 minutes ago, Panther said:

It sounds like an answer you would hear on the tv programme Catchword around 1990

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catchword_(game_show)

A regular answer sounded something like /finocky hocky knocky finocky hocky knocky fication/ but I have no idea how that word is spelled (or what it means)

That word killed the game, everyone ended up saying it all the time. 

https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/floccinaucinihilipilification#:~:text=Noun,no value or being worthless.

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29 minutes ago, whocares said:

Like "halsi-on"  I always thought?

It is. But it comes from the Greek αλκυόνα (alkyóna) with a hard K. There is no C in Greek.

And the politician pronounced it 'halykon', not halcyon, getting the letters the wrong way round. (Arguably he was right with the hard 'c').

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1 hour ago, Happy Renting said:

It is. But it comes from the Greek αλκυόνα (alkyóna) with a hard K. There is no C in Greek.

And the politician pronounced it 'halykon', not halcyon, getting the letters the wrong way round. (Arguably he was right with the hard 'c').

Perhaps he was dyslexis. 

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