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Word of the Day 08/08/16 Paronomasia

Paronomasia (noun)
paronomasia [par-uh-noh-mey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]


noun, Rhetoric.
1. the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound to achieve a specific effect, as humor or a dual meaning; punning.
2. a pun.

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Origin: 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); see -ia

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