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    Question What is the term of this? Reference?

    Say, I'm writing an essay about hacking, and how hackers end up with nothing, and I used the following sentence:
    "Hack of all trades, master of none"

    It is of course taken from "Jack of all trades, master of none".
    What is the term of what I did? Reference?

    - Or if I say "paradise loved" (taken form paradise lost)

    I've noticed this in many TV shows, like in "Charmed":

    "A Paige from the Past" - They mean "page", but a new sister called "Paige" comes to the show.

    "The Importance of Being Phoebe" - taken from "the importance of being Earnest"

    "Sand Francisco Dreamin'" - They used "sand" instead of "San" because a sandman comes to San Francisco.

    "Prince Charmed" - Taken from the expression "prince charming", only he gets charmed (magic is used on him).

    Also in the Smurfs:

    All's Smurfy That Ends Smurfy - from Shakespears "All's well that ends well"

    There is nothing like "shoe business" - instead of "show business". The character who said that was an elf who sold a pair of magical shoes to Smurfette.

    I really love this "word play" or "reference" because it is smart.
    So is there a technical term for that in linguistics?

    I'm interested in learning more about it.

    Thanks :) & sorry for the lengthy post.

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    Re: What is the term of this? Reference?

    Hi Ducklet Cat

    "Hack of all trades, master of none"
    "A Paige from the Past"
    "Sand Francisco Dreamin'" and
    "There is nothing like shoe business"
    are definitely "puns".

    See: pun - definition of pun by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    (AME) A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words.
    (BrE) the use of words or phrases to exploit ambiguities and innuendoes in their meaning, usually for humorous effect; a play on words.
    An example is: "Ben Battle was a soldier bold, And used to war's alarms: But a cannonball took off his legs, So he laid down his arms.'' (Thomas Hood)

    Hope this helps

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