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    Default Word play, Pun, or Association with something else?

    Hello, I am having some difficulty identifying the type of significance of the title of the article

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    I am to identify the significance of the title, and what type of language technique it is.

    The answer I have come up with is that the title 'Future stock' is a word play on the business term 'Stock Futures', since they are both about preparing for changes in the future.

    But would it be defined as a word play? or if it is another type of english language technique.


    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Word play, Pun, or Association with something else?

    Welcome to the forum.

    In future, please try to avoid posting links where possible. Some members don't like to click on links from people they don't know, some have very slow internet connections and have to wait ages for links to open, some work on mobiles where it is not very simple to open another page then go back to this one.

    If you can type in (or at least copy and paste) a relevant paragraph which gives the phrase and the context, we can work on it direct from your post.

    Some people will click on a link but you'll get many more answers and opinions if we don't have to.

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Word play, Pun, or Association with something else?

    I think there's a play on words with the term Future Shock.

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    Default Re: Word play, Pun, or Association with something else?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In future, please try to avoid posting links where possible
    I agree, if it's necessary to click on the link in order to understand the link. It's fine, in my opinion, to provide a link to full articles or support information. Those readers who are interested and wish to can follow the link. Those who do not wish to can just continue reading the thread.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Word play, Pun, or Association with something else?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    In future, please try to avoid posting links where possible. Some members don't like to click on links from people they don't know, some have very slow internet connections and have to wait ages for links to open, some work on mobiles where it is not very simple to open another page then go back to this one.

    If you can type in (or at least copy and paste) a relevant paragraph which gives the phrase and the context, we can work on it direct from your post.

    Some people will click on a link but you'll get many more answers and opinions if we don't have to.

    Thanks.
    I really never actually knew this was a problem. It's an html site, not an .exe file. You can see that by a mouse-over.
    I've always assumed that posting a link is the most useful context you can give, especially if you're quoting from somewhere.
    For example, I always add a link to dictionaries I quote and Wikipedia, and I'd encourage others to do so as well. I hope this doesn't stop learners from posting links to context. Yes, please cite your sources.

    However, I agree that it's best to paste the relevant text as well.

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    Default Re: Word play, Pun, or Association with something else?

    Sorry, yes, I should perhaps have suggested that a link and a copy and paste of the relevant text. I wasn't necessarily suggesting that the links might go to problem sites (.exe for example) but the link could go anywhere. It's very easy to type perfectly innocent text and then get the hyperlink to go to a completely unconnected site, even if that site is a .html site.
    I do, however, avoid all posts with links when I'm using the forum on my mobile phone. It's just too convoluted to click the link, wait for my 3G to faff about opening the new page, read the content, close the page and go back to the forum and then reply to the post.

    I agree, by the way, that it's a play on "future shock".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Word play, Pun, or Association with something else?

    Yes, I understand the problem with mobile phones. I would not like this to stop people from posting links though.
    Asking for the relevant paragraph to be posted as well, I agree with.

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    Default Re: Word play, Pun, or Association with something else?

    Thank you all for your help!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    In future, please try to avoid posting links where possible. Some members don't like to click on links from people they don't know, some have very slow internet connections and have to wait ages for links to open, some work on mobiles where it is not very simple to open another page then go back to this one.

    If you can type in (or at least copy and paste) a relevant paragraph which gives the phrase and the context, we can work on it direct from your post.

    Some people will click on a link but you'll get many more answers and opinions if we don't have to.

    Thanks.
    I understand, I will post the entire article next time, thank you for explaining.

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    Default Re: Word play, Pun, or Association with something else?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lennnny View Post
    I understand, I will post the entire article next time, thank you for explaining.
    As you can see from the other posts, it is OK to post links as long as you try to copy and paste the relevant part as well. That way, both people who can click on links and those who can't will be able to help you.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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