Take this for example:

In this video, at 1:04 to 1:10, the person goes on rapping with a rhyming word at the end of each line, but he pauses before the end of the last word and, being humans, we predict the next word (due to the hint from the rhyme) that he is going to say but he avoids it intentionally. Is there a word or phrase for this word play?

...and the beat still knocks when I sort my socks
I'm five foot eleven of sex
from the tip of my head to my gorgeous...

Not the best example I could find but I think it sums up my point quite well.

  • I didn't watch the video, but the term "misdirection" comes to mind. "Lyrical misdirection" might be a name for what you're talking about. – Kevin Workman May 6 '14 at 13:38
  • I can't view the video because of country restrictions but a Broken rhyme or Split rhyme [is a form of rhyme. It is produced by dividing a word at the line break of a poem to make a rhyme with the end word of another line.][1] [1]: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_rhyme – Third News May 6 '14 at 14:17
  • @ThirdNews - I do not see that is more than just related. See the update with the rhyme – mplungjan May 6 '14 at 16:42
  • I'm insure of the type of rhyme without access to the text -just a guess – Third News May 6 '14 at 18:36

Mind Rhyme/Teasing Rhyme comes to mind (pun intended)

One very hot day in the summer last year
A young man was seen swimming round Brighton Pier;
He dived underneath it and swam to a rock
And amused all the ladies by shaking his
Fist at a copper who stood on the shore,
The very same copper who copped him before.
For the policeman to order him out was a farce,
For the cheeky young man simply showed him his
Graceful manoeuvres and wonderful pace...

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    Brings back memories of the novelty tune "The Shaving Cream Song" (I think that's the title). It enjoys a period of airplay every few decades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaving_Cream_%28song%29 – Phil Perry May 6 '14 at 14:14
  • I've bowed to political correctness / the answer police and deleted my non-answer. I hope someone affords Tolkien's example the honour it deserves: Naughty little fly. / Why does he cry? / Caught in a web. / Soon you'll be ... ...Eaten. – Edwin Ashworth May 7 '14 at 14:35

They are called "tease songs".

In "tease songs," also known on the renaissance faire circuit as "clean songs," the meter and rhyme-scheme convince you you're about to hear something dirty... but then you don't.

The Clean Song by Oscar Brand is the most famous example that I know. It goes like this:

There once was a Sailor who looked through a glass
And spied a fair mermaid with scales on her... island.
Where seagulls flew over their nest.
She combed the long hair which hung over her... shoulders.
And caused her to tickle and itch.
The sailor cried out "There's a beautiful... mermaid.

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