Example: You do not get a free pass. Words will be your downfall.

Notice how the end of the sentence, pass, can be combined with the first word of the next sentence, words, to form: passwords.

What is the literary term for this?

I did some searching and found plenty on repetition, zeugma, and word association football, none of which correctly describe my example.

See here, where the question is more about the meaning of the words and how they relate to each other.

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    Well... passwords is a compound word. I have no idea about the name for the literary device, but if you were saying it to me, I would call that particular example a threat... – Adam Hayes Mar 10 '16 at 16:13
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    I'm not sure that 'literary' is the right descriptor ('crosswords' as literature?), and I'd guess there isn't a term. Also the sentences don't match very well. This is more about games than the study of English. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 10 '16 at 16:19
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because single word requests are often whimsical rather than useful, and this seems more whimsical than most. Though I suppose it's a double single word single word single word request. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 10 '16 at 23:39
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    @Edwin I'm a little confused. Feel free to look at the link which goes to another question of a VERY similar nature. That question was not downvoted to be closed and had meaningful discussion. So in other words, since a literary device existed for THAT question, it's an okay question? But because no academic scholar has come up with a literary device for MY question it is somehow off-topic? That's ridiculous. – mslhrt Mar 11 '16 at 14:00
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    This is practically an oronym. Oronym is a modern term for two phrases which sound alike, such as "I scream"/"ice cream". You could argue that "pass. Words" sounds like "passwords", at least when the text is spoken quickly. – MetaEd Mar 11 '16 at 18:58

If it were poetry rather than prose you were dealing with, then 'enjambement' or 'enjambment' might describe what you are doing: the meaning runs over from one line to the next, as in your example the meaning runs over from one sentence to the next.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online's definition of 'enjambement' or 'enjambment':

in ​poetry, the ​continuing of a ​sentence from one ​line of a ​poem into the ​start of the next ​line

Cambridge Dictionaries Online's definition of 'enjambement' or 'enjambment'

The etymology of 'enjambment' on Online Etymology:

also enjambement, 1837, from French enjambement or from enjamb (c. 1600), from French enjamber "to stride over," from en- (see en- (1)) + jambe "leg" (see jamb).

the etymology of 'enjambement' or 'enjambement' on Online Etymology

The etymology of 'en- (1)':

word-forming element meaning "in; into," from French and Old French en-, from Latin in- "in, into" (see in- (2)). Typically assimilated before -p-, -b-, -m-, -l-, and -r-. Latin in- became en- in French, Spanish, Portuguese, but remained in- in Italian.

etymology of prefix 'en-' (1) on Online Etymology

The etymology of 'jamb':

side-piece of an opening of a door, window, etc., early 14c., from Old French jambe "pier, side post of a door," originally "a leg, shank" (12c.), from Late Latin gamba "leg, (horse's) hock" (see gambol).

etmology of 'jamb' on Online Etymology

  • Great answer. +1. Can you edit it to quote the actual definition and etymology? It's much more convenient for readers, but more importantly, links have a known tendency to rot. So quoting he actual content will mitigate the risk that the answer becomes permanently incomplete in a few years. – Dan Bron Mar 10 '16 at 17:02
  • @DanBron: 'rot'? Get inadequate with the passing of time? – user58319 Mar 10 '16 at 17:11
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    More specifically link rot, the tendency observed on the internet, since the beginning, for hyperlinks to become outdated and their referents unavailable. – Dan Bron Mar 10 '16 at 17:12
  • @DanBron: Got it! – user58319 Mar 10 '16 at 17:13
  • @user58319 Thanks for your answer. Enjambment seems to me less about the words itself and more about the rhythm of a poem as well as using the device to maintain the meter of the poem. My question is more about how the words actually form a compound word. See my update with link for an answer more closely associated to my question. – mslhrt Mar 10 '16 at 17:21

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