Equivoque vs. Pun

By Jaxson

  • Pun

    The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play that exploits multiple meanings of a term, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or figurative language. A pun differs from a malapropism in that a malapropism is an incorrect variation on a correct expression, while a pun involves expressions with multiple correct interpretations. Puns may be regarded as in-jokes or idiomatic constructions, as their usage and meaning are specific to a particular language and its culture.

    Puns have a long history in human writing. Sumerian cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs were originally based on punning systems, and the Roman playwright Plautus was famous for his puns and word games. Punning has been credited as the fundamental concept behind alphabets, writing, and even human civilization.

  • Equivoque (adjective)


  • Equivoque (noun)

    A homonym.

  • Equivoque (noun)

    A play on words, a pun.

  • Equivoque (noun)

    Ambiguity or double meaning.

  • Pun (verb)

    To beat; strike with force; to ram; to pound, as in a powder, to pulverize.

  • Pun (verb)

    To make or tell a pun; to make a play on words.

    “We punned about the topic until all around us groaned.”

  • Pun (noun)

    A joke or type of wordplay in which similar senses or sounds of two words or phrases, or different senses of the same word, are deliberately confused.

    “The pun is the lowest form of wit.”

  • Pun (noun)

    : a unit of length equivalent to about 0.3{{nbsp}}cm.


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