Is there a term to describe names or phrases consisting of two or more homonyms, such as "Spring Spring" or "Rock Rock?"

  • Thank you for your response, @Sainadh, I'm afraid oronym is not what I am looking for. Oronym describes a pair of phrases which are homophonic, such as "ice cream" and "I scream." I am looking for a term to describe a single phrase like "shot shot." I am specifically looking for a term which describes a phrase where the words are not merely redundant, but homonyms possessed of different meanings, in which one acts as an adjective or adverb and the other as a noun or verb. For example, Neapolitan ice cream from Naples, Italy, might be called "Neapolitan Neapolitan."
    – KLH
    Commented Jan 14, 2015 at 23:29
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    This is normally called repetition.
    – rogermue
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 12:23
  • I wonder if there are any humans (in English language countries) with the name "John John" (So, "John" can be an unusual lastname, as well as a common firstname.)
    – Fattie
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 12:36

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After much research it would appear that the best answer is: "Antanaclasis!" There are apparently some rather infamous examples such as: "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo."


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