Is there a term for this kind of punning word play?
September 27, 2012 6:47 PM Subscribe
Attention, language types of MetaFilter: The Russian word poshlost'
is roughly equivalent to the English "banality" or "self-satisfied mediocrity." Vladimir Nabokov wittily rendered it as poshlust
("posh" + "lust"), and described it as "not only the obviously trashy but mainly the falsely important, the falsely beautiful, the falsely clever, the falsely attractive."
Is there a specific term for this kind of word play?
posted by easy, lucky, free to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Obviously, it's a pun, but I'm looking for something more specific or technical than that.
I'm familiar with the term "eggcorn," and that seems almost right, but not quite.