play upon words

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"Still, it is a Joke," declared the Woggle-Bug; firmly, "and a Joke derived from a play upon words is considered among educated people to be eminently proper."
`Aux Medici' which makes a very pretty play upon words."
The whole little court in cassocks went into ecstacies over this play upon words. The cardinal felt a little relieved; he was quits with Coppenole, he also had had his jest applauded.
The change is one of such far-reaching importance that we cannot dispose of it in a breath, as a mere play upon words. "Much is reckoned higher than life itself by the living one." Nietzsche says that to speak of the activity of life as a "struggle for existence," is to state the case inadequately.
'Don't let us play upon words, Mr Nickleby, in the name of humanity.'
To misuse the term 'archive permanence' and head this section Permanent Archivalness is not just a contrived play upon words - it's a serious challenge!