word play

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word play (countable and uncountable, plural word plays)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see word,‎ play.
  2. A technique in which the nature of the words used become part of the subject of the work, such as puns, phonetic mix-ups such as spoonerisms, obscure words and meanings, clever rhetorical excursions, oddly formed sentences, and telling character names.