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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 482–483 )

Generic
  A paronomasia is a kind of
 
Source
 

Corbett 1971 482–483


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