What is Syllepsis? (Search for similar jokes)
Syllepsis is a form of pun in which a word within a sentence can be interpreted in two entirely different ways without changing anything about the sentence.(dt_syllepsis: 5 of 17)
(Where this is unintentional, it is called ambiguity)
In this example from Shakespeare, the word "lie" could mean either 'to go to prison' or to 'tell a lie':
"...your imprisonment shall not be long. I will deliver or else lie for you."
--Richard III, Act I, Scene i, Line 115
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