Homonym
In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and pronunciation but have different meanings. Thus homonyms are simultaneously homographs (wo...
Puns
The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetori...
Feghoot
A story pun (also known as a poetic story joke or Feghoot) is a humorous short story or vignette ending in a pun (typically a play on a well-known phrase) where the story contains sufficient context t...
English-language vowel changes before historic /r/
In English, many vowel shifts only affect vowels followed by /r/ in rhotic dialects, or vowels that were historically followed by an /r/ that has since been elided in non-rhotic dialects. Most of them...
Heterography and homography
In linguistics, heterography is a property of a written language, such that it lacks a 1-to-1 correspondence between the written symbols and the sounds of the spoken language. Its opposite is homograp...
James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher
"James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher" is an English sentence used to demonstrate lexical ambiguity and the necessity of punctuation,which serves...
Phonological change
In historical linguistics, phonological change is any sound change which alters the number or distribution of phonemes in a language.In a typological scheme first systematized by Henry M. Hoenigswald,...
Walk this way (humor)
"Walk this way" is a recurrent pun in a number of movies and television shows, most recently in movies by Mel Brooks. It may be derived from an old vaudeville joke. It refers to the double usage of "w...
Grass Mud Horse
The Grass Mud Horse or Cǎonímǎ (草泥马), is a Chinese Internet meme widely used as a form of symbolic defiance of the widespread Internet censorship in China. It is a play on the Mandarin language words ...
Phonological history of English diphthongs
English diphthongs have undergone many changes since the Middle English period. Each of the following sound changes involved at least one phoneme which historically was a diphthong. The sound changes ...
Phonological history of English diphthongs - Wikipedia
Faux pas derived from Chinese pronunciation
The following faux pas are derived from homonyms in Mandarin and Cantonese. While originating in Greater China, they may also apply to Chinese-speaking people around the world.Certain customs regar...
Double entendre
A double entendre (/dʌbᵊl ɒnˈtɒndʒrə/, /duː-/, /-ʒrə/; [dubl ɑ̃.tɑ̃dʁ(ə)]) is a figure of speech or a particular way of wording that is devised to be understood in either of two ways, having a double ...
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List of true homonyms
Homonyms are words that are both spelled and pronounced the same, but have different meanings.However, some authors use the term more broadly, to refer to homographs (spelled the same) or homophones (...
Th-fronting
Th-fronting refers to the pronunciation of the English "th" as "f" or "v". When th-fronting is applied, /θ/ becomes /f/ (for example, three is pronounced as free) and /ð/ becomes /v/ (for example, bat...
Th-fronting - Wikipedia
Th-debuccalization
Th-debuccalization is a process in varieties of Scots and Scottish English where a voiceless dental fricative /θ/ (spelled th) at the beginning of a word and between vowels becomes the voiceless glott...
Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den
The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den (simplified Chinese: 施氏食狮史; traditional Chinese: 施氏食獅史; pinyin: Shī Shì shí shī shǐ; literally: "The Story of Shi Shi Eating Lions") is a 92-chara...
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Visual pun
A visual pun is a pun involving an image or images (in addition to or instead of language), often based on a rebus.Visual puns in which the image is at odds with the inscription are common in cartoons...
Visual pun - Wikipedia
En svensk tiger
En svensk tiger was a slogan and an image that became part of a propaganda campaign in Sweden during World War II, aiming to prevent espionage by encouraging secrecy.
In Swedish, svensk can mean b...
En svensk tiger - Wikipedia
Phonological history of English high back vowels
Most dialects of modern English have two high back vowels: the close back rounded vowel /u/ found in words like goose, and the near-close near-back rounded vowel /ʊ/ found in words like foot. This art...
Phonological history of English high back vowels - Wikipedia
Satiric misspelling
A satiric misspelling is an intentional misspelling of a word, phrase or name for a rhetorical purpose. This is often done by replacing a letter with another letter (for example, k replacing c), or sy...
Satiric misspelling - Wikipedia
Numbers in Chinese culture
In Chinese tradition, certain numbers are believed by some to be auspicious (吉利) or inauspicious (不利) based on the Chinese word that the number name sounds similar to. The numbers 0, 6, 8, and 9 are...
Tom Swifty
A Tom Swifty (or Tom Swiftie) is a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed. Tom Swifties may be considered a type of wellerism.
The name comes ...
List of English homographs
Homographs are words which are spelled the same, but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is pronounced differently is a heteronym, otherwise homophone.Some homographs are nouns or adjective...
Th-stopping
Th-stopping is the realization of the dental fricatives [θ, ð] as stops—either dental or alveolar—which occurs in several dialects of English. In some accents, such as Hiberno-English, som...
Th-stopping - Wikipedia
Fuzzy logic
Fuzzy logic is a form of many-valued logic that deals with approximate, rather than fixed and exact reasoning. Compared to traditional binary logic (where variables may take on true or false values), ...
Heteronym (linguistics)
A heteronym (also known as a heterophone) is a word that is written identically but has a different pronunciation and meaning. In other words, they are homographs that are not homophones. Thus, row (p...
Star Wars Day
Star Wars Day is an unofficial secular holiday in May which celebrates the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. It is observed by fans of the movies. Observance of the holiday spread quickly d...
Capitonym
A capitonym is a word that changes its meaning (and sometimes pronunciation) when it is capitalized; the capitalization usually applies due to one form being a proper noun or eponym. It is a portmante...