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par·o·no·ma·sia

 (păr′ə-nō-mā′zhə)
n.
1. Word play; punning.
2. A pun.

[Latin, from Greek paronomasiā, from paronomazein, to call by a different name : para-, beside; see para-1 + onomazein, to name; see onomastic.]

par′o·no·mas′tic (-măs′tĭk), par′o·no·ma′sial (-mā′zhəl) adj.
par′o·no·mas′ti·cal·ly adv.

paronomasia

(ˌpærənəʊˈmeɪzɪə)
n
(Rhetoric) rhetoric a play on words, esp a pun. Also (obsolete): paronomasy
[C16: via Latin from Greek: a play on words, from paronomazein to make a change in naming, from para-1 (beside) + onomazein to name, from onoma a name]
paronomastic, paronomastical adj
ˌparonoˈmastically adv

par•o•no•ma•sia

(ˌpær ə noʊˈmeɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə)

n., pl. -sias.
a play on words; pun.
[1570–80; < Latin < Greek paronomasía a play on words, assonance, derivative of paronomázein to make a slight name-change =par- par- + onomázein to name, derivative of ónoma name]
par•o•no•ma•si•ac (ˌpær ə noʊˈmeɪ ziˌæk) n.
par`o•no•mas′tic (-ˈmæs tɪk) adj.
par`o•no•mas′ti•cal•ly, adv.

paronomasia

1. Rhetoric. the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound for effect, as humor or ambiguity; punning.
2. a pun. — paronomastic, adj.
See also: Punning
the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound for effect, as humor or ambiguity; punning. Also called adnomination, agnomination, annomination.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paronomasia - a humorous play on wordsparonomasia - a humorous play on words; "I do it for the pun of it"; "his constant punning irritated her"
fun, sport, play - verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"
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The author's fascination with the paronomasial in its various shades (adianoeta, asteismus, antanaclasis, adnominatio, polyptoton--to give but a taste of Nankov's rhetorical obsession) explains why his poetry is an ambivalent, ironic, and jingling firework of, as Hamlet might put it, words, words, words.
As one who has paronomasial tendencies (!) as well, I have been asked by John Child to acknowledge your work in appropriate fashion, and have therefore composed a little dit-tie which I hope you will like .......
By way of contrast, the paronomasial quality of Shakespeare's nameplay in sonnets 135 and 136 (to take two obvious instances) tends to problematize the self, rather than to assert or define it; lines like "Think all but one, and me in that one Will" serve to elide the poet with the surrounding world--to make him individually unthinkable, or at least indistinct.