Dear Carrol,
    The chair's leg.  A metaphorical usage, don't you think?


DIana Manister wrote:
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">Carrol,

Granted that "literal" was not le mot juste for what I was trying to say, but your explication is silly. Being literal does not mean focussing on the letters in a word. A literal meaning is simply different from a metaphorical or symbolic meaning.