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    alpacinoutd is offline Key Member
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    Re: a few personifications

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    By the way, do you see the difference between how personify and anthropomorphize are used?

    - Mother Teresa personified charity.

    - Motor vehicles don't really talk. Disney just anthropomorphized them in Cars.
    I think personification is sort of about creating imagery. Anthropomorphization is about giving human traits to non-human objects.
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    Re: a few personifications

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I think personification is sort of about creating imagery. Anthropomorphization is about giving human traits to non-human objects.
    Thanks. I just looked up personify.

    The primary definition is the one I think of: use a person to represent a quality.

    But the secondary definition is how you used it. It means the same thing as antrhopomorphize: assign human qualities to something that isn't human.

    So even though I've never heard it used that way, you used it correctly.

    Sorry! Now I know.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: a few personifications

    Good point! My brain said "anthropomorphise" when I read the original post and I then failed to make any mention of it in my response.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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