Puns, which are words that can have more than one meaning in the context in which they are spoken (they are also referred to as "double entendres," or words with a double meaning), abound in this madcap, comic play. One example is as follows:
In act 2, scene three of Twelfth Night, Maria puns on the words "ass" and "as" in line 154. When Maria repeats the Andrew's last word, ass, she both calls him an ass and makes the statement: "Ass [as] I doubt not."
Malapropisms also abound in this play. Malapropisms occur when a character uses the wrong word—but a word that sounds close to the right word. This makes the speaker look ridiculous and the audience laugh. One example occurs in act I, scene three, when Sir Toby Belch talks about "scoundrels and subtractors." Subtractors is the malapropism; what Sir Toby means to say is detractors.