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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.

Example:

Miss Susie had a steamboat,

the steamboat had a bell.

Miss Susie went to heaven

and the steamboat went to Hell–

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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/… – Marius Hancu Apr 13 '15 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 '15 at 1:50