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What writers can learn from Elvis Costello – clever wordplay and #puns

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If you are reading this you are probably a lyric-loving “word nerd” like I am.

You probably like your music with clever wordplay in the lyrics?

That’s why I’m a big fan of the lyrics (and sometimes the bitter wit) of Elvis Costello.

You can learn lots from his lyrics too.

costello my aim is true

Here are some of my favourite types of Costello wordplay and puns.

I’m sure these techniques have fancy Greek names. I’ll use simpler expressions.

If you know the fancy names – please add in the comments section below.

Also, if you have favourite Elvis Costello lyrics or wordplay  – please add them in the comments secion too.

1. the double meaning of a word.

In Oliver’s Army – the double meaning of occupation – a job (in the army) and the occupying of a country by another military force.

Have you got yourself an occupation?

2. The…

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