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Paronomasia

Postby KatyBr » Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:14 am

Paronomasia (n) a humorous play on words; a pun

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Postby M. Henri Day » Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:43 am

What a lovely word, Katy ! Let us hope Dr Goodword fancies it !...

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Postby KatyBr » Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:47 pm

What is paronomasia?


Definition
Paronomasia is the use of words that sound similar to other words,
but have different meanings.

Examples (English)
Casting my perils before swains
The end of the plain plane, explained

Source: (Marshall McLuhan and a Braniff Airlines

advertisement, respectively, cited by Corbett 1971 482–48

[url]http://www.sil.org/linguistics/Glossary
OfLinguisticTerms/WhatIsParonomasia.htm[/url]

AND

sounds like it's of Greek origin...yes? no...?[quote]
02.01Q: What is a Pun?
A: In Italian, 'puntiglio' means "a fine point," hence a verbal
quibble, and is most likely the source of the English
"punctilious." There developed in late 17th- and early 18th-
century England a short-lived, fanciful word "pundigrion,"
which indeed was a term for what we now know as a pun. Since
snappy monosyllables produced by breaking off pieces of longer
words were all the rage back then, it is widely thought that
this is how and where the word "pun" was created.

A pun is defined by Webster as "the humorous use of a word, or
of words which are formed or sounded alike but have different
meanings, in such a way as to play on two or more of the
possible applications; a play on words."

In describing the various forms of verbal humor, The New
Encyclopaedia Britannica refers to a pun as "two disparate
strings of thought tied together by an acoustic knot." That
analogy strikes a very pleasant cord!

In France, paronomasia is referred to as jeu de mots.
That has a Nice ring to it, n'est-ce pas?

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Postby Apoclima » Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:43 pm

A great word, Katy.

If only I could think of one now!

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Postby tcward » Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:18 pm

I sometimes tell my kids, when we're getting ready to take a long trip, "If anyone has to take a bathroom break, speak now, or forever hold your pee."

I know, not the best material, but I hope it isn't so bad.

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Postby Apoclima » Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:43 pm

"You're goofy, Dad!"

(I love that pun, Tim!)

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Postby KatyBr » Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:24 am

Tim, your audience doesn't 'get' it anyway

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Postby tcward » Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:29 pm

Yes, Katy, you're right... My genius is wasted.

-Tim :lol:
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Postby KatyBr » Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:30 am

"Does anyone know any Tom Swifty's?" Kat effused quickly?
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