It seems from various comments I’ve had that not all my readers are familiar with such things as metonymy, synecdoche, irony and metaphor. In particular, that when writing of pampered dogs not getting their accustomed Rub-a-Dubs I might be trying gently to draw attention to the fact that there are human infants in Greece who are not getting the milk they need to survive.
Forgive me for not using a hammer to drive the point home.
I have not forgotten that I have been asked to write about how fluorescent lights work, the word ‘Rebarbative’, BBC English, Fairies at the bottom of the garden, Great expectations, Earthquake-proof houses, the near-impossibility of getting Greeks to make the English ‘J’ sound, the difference between a Lama and a Llama, and the two meanings of ‘Quite’. All in due course.