For example in the rhyme "Miss Susie" the end of each verse is linked to the next. Would these just be called puns? Or is there a more specific name when they are used in this way.


Miss Susie had a steamboat,

the steamboat had a bell.

Miss Susie went to heaven

and the steamboat went to Hell–


O, operator,

please give me number nine...

The first verse ends with "Hell" which is merged into "Hello" in the next.

  • See anadiplosis in english.stackexchange.com/questions/116987/… Apr 13, 2015 at 21:34
  • The word the OP is looking for is clearly anadiplosis, but the EL&U question (helpfully linked to by Mari-Lou A) where anadiplosis is discussed is actually about a variant on anadiplosis where the shared—and would-be duplicate—word is given only once, and not necessarily at a break between two sentences, as in "home on the range rover." So perhaps this qualifies not as a "duplicate question" but as a "question that is answered elsewhere in response to a related but somewhat different question."
    – Sven Yargs
    Apr 14, 2015 at 1:50


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