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Monday, February 22, 2016

Catachresis and synesthesia

We know this means an expression like the legs of table that are metaphors that have no literal equivalent. There is no non-metaphorical word in English for the legs of the table. In music, there is no non-metaphorical term for chromatic (colorful). Or when describing a tone as dark or bright, that is the normal, metaphorical way of talking about it. How else would you say it? A dry sounding cymbal. etc... Similarly to describe the movement of music, its ups and downs, etc... Not every way of talking about music is a catachresis with a root in something non-musical. But for the most part this vocabulary is based on catachresis.

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