WORD PLAY - A few definitions

some short notes to generate ideas

pun a play on words.


riddle a statement or proposition couched in mysterious way to create an enigma, but to which there is an answer.



palindrome a word or sentence or extended piece of writing that reads the same way forward as backwards.



acrostic a sequence of lines, the first letters of which when taken separately constitutes a separate word.



oxymoron a rhetorical figure by which contradictory terms are joined together to give point to the statement.




tongue twister words of a similar sound that induce difficulty in articulating the sentence. rebus a represent-ation of objects by pictures within a written sentence.

Frotz Eichenberg from Peter Piper's Practical Principles, click for more





spoonerism the transpositions of sounds, usually in a sentence, as in A well-boiled icicle, A blushing crow, The Lord is a shoving leopard, Is the bean dizzy ? Associated primarily with the Rev. William Archibald Spooner, Warden of New College Oxford from 1903 to 1924. Spooner was seemingly capable of the `acted' Spoonerism, pouring claret onto salt he had spilt at dinner.





See Augarde, The Oxford Guide to Word Games .