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Examples of wordplay found in some works of interactive fiction include (in no particular order as yet):

  • Acrostics.
  • Alliteration.
  • Alphabet collecting.
  • Anagrams.
  • Chemical symbols.
  • Cryptograms.
  • Dialect.
  • Font styles, colors, and sizes.
  • Homonyms and homophones.
  • Invented language.
  • Initialisms.
  • Lipograms.
  • Literalism.
  • Magic words.
  • Neologisms.
  • Phone pad and typewriter keyboard play.
  • Poetry
  • Proverbs and Sayings.
  • Meter.
  • Rebuses.
  • Rhyming.
  • Roman numerals.
  • Spelling and misspelling.
  • Split messages.
  • Spoonerisms.
  • Unusual, obscure, and archaic word choices.
  • Word repetition.


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TODO: Everything. Summarize what wordplay is at the top of the article. Expand on each of these types of wordplay; some items may be summarized here and also expanded on their own pages. Add types of wordplay that were missed. There may be a better presentation order than alphabetic. Each type of wordplay ought to refer to at least one and at most three IF games that use that particular type of wordplay.