“Prices of semicolons, plot devices, prologues and inciting incidents continued to fall yesterday, lopping twenty points off the TomJones Index.”
―Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots
Wordplay: noun \ˈwərd-ˌplā\Wordplay

Meaning: The playful use of words…

Born: 1885, see word (noun) + play (verb)

word: Old English word “speech, talk, utterance, word,” from Proto-Germanic *wurdan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian word, Dutch woord, Old High German, German wort, Old Norse orð, Gothic waurd), from PIE *were- “speak, say”

play: Old English plegan, plegian “move rapidly, occupy or busy oneself, exercise; frolic; make sport of, mock; perform music,” from West Germanic *plegan “occupy oneself about” (cf. Old Saxon plegan “vouch for, take charge of,” Old Frisian plega “tend to,” Middle Dutch pleyen “to rejoice, be glad,” German pflegen “take care of, cultivate”), from PIE root *dlegh- “to engage oneself,” forming words in Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, and possibly Latin.

Source: Online Etymology Dictionary

The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.

—Marty Feldman