Pun

The pun, also known as 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.[1] 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 or fairly reasonable) interpretations. Puns may be regarded as in-jokes or idiomatic constructions, especially as their usage and meaning are usually specific to a particular language or its culture.

Punch cartoon from 1913 whose title "KLEPTOROUMANIA" is a pun on kleptomania. It satirizes the Second Balkan War, with Romania's King Carol I stealing Southern Dobrudja from Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria.

Puns have a long history in human writing. For example, the Roman playwright Plautus was famous for his puns and word games.[2][3]