East Wing
Posted: 19 July 2016 08:48 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Today I encountered “East Wing “ as a metonym for the First Lady.

The East Wing and White House declined to comment on the plagiarism story Tuesday.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/19/politics/melania-trump-michelle-obama-speech/index.html

Fairly straightforward development, as the First Lady’s office has been located in the East Wing since the 1970s, but I’d not seen it before. I wondered, is this a thing?

A bit of Googlation seems to indicate that the use of East Wing as a metonym is on the very margins of thinghood. It is used sometimes but not that often.

The East Wing released a statement saying Obama, accompanied by Jill Biden, was visiting to show support for humanitarian efforts.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2010/04/13/western-china-struck-by-69-quake.htm

The White House East Wing announced President Obama’s eldest daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in 2017.

https://twitter.com/instructionedu/status/726906232733241345

One other wildcard: former Bidenite Kathleen McGlynn, currently deputy chief of staff to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. The East Wing refused to comment on the selection process.

http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1102/will_third_time_be_a_charm.html

I can’t find any clear examples of such metonymy before 2010.

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