Have you ever been diagnosed with prosopopoeia?
I had never heard of it, either. In my case, it drove me batty.
Actually, it’s a figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstractions are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine visited Louisville, Ky., home of the factory and museum of Louisville Slugger baseball bats.
He graciously bought a personalized bat for me. With it came a great DVD: “I am Louisville Slugger.” It’s a first-person, five-minute account of Louisville Slugger’s role in the history of baseball. The video autobiography features some of the greatest highlights, names and accomplishments in baseball history.
It doesn’t rival Ken Burns’ epic 18-1/2 hour miniseries about America’s favorite pastime in terms of depth, but it’s a great marketing piece couched as a documentary. Another example of that is Ram Trucks’ two-minute, “God Made a Farmer” Super Bowl commercial/documentary.
But back to “I am…”
What other prosopopeias stick in your mind?