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tick-tock

noun; sound symbolism
Another term for a wristwatch Possibly metonymy. 'Tick' and 'tock' are both examples of onomatopoeia: they are sounds a watch makes as the second hand progresses. apparent meaning: wristwatch. This word may have been formed through metonymy. The term 'tick-tock' describes the sound made by the watch, but my mom used it to refer to the watch itself. The term for one idea became a term for a different but related entity, which describes metonymy. This word was probably used just for a change of pace from 'watch.'
 
Don't forget to put on your tick-tock.
Etymology : [derived from the sound made by the inner workings of some watches].
Source : my mom
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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