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Gobble Gobble Day

noun; sound symbolism Metonymy
Thanksgiving Day
 
The term features two levels of metonymy. On the first level, the term ‘gobble’ represents the meaning of a turkey. Turkeys are associated with the word ‘gobble’ through onomatopoeia because the pronunciation of the word resembles the sound that a turkey makes. Therefore, the meaning shifts from the word ‘turkey’ to the term connected to it, ‘gobble.’ The ‘gobble’ is repeated to add emphasis on the metonymically related meaning, turkey. The second level of metonymy occurs when the word ‘turkey’ is used to represent the concept of Thanksgiving. The meaning shifts metonymically from ‘Thanksgiving’ to ‘turkey’ due to the tradition that turkey is served during this particular holiday. ‘Day’ is also used in this term to refer to a specific day and therefore takes the proper noun form. The word, ‘Gobble Gobble Day,’ was created as a new word by the user to emphasize the importance of the tradition of serving turkey during the holiday and as a more interesting and vivid way to express his ideas.
Etymology : from the compound words ‘Gobble’ and ‘day.’ ‘Gobble’ is formed through imitation and means “to make a turkey sound.” ‘Gobble’ was also used as a word meaning “to eat greedily.” The word ‘day’ has Old English influences and originally meant “the daylight hours.” (from Online Etymology Dictionary)
Source : “Happy Gobble Gobble Day to everyone!” –Facebook post (November 2011)
Last modified: 3 December 2011


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