The title should properly have been "verbal pursuit". But that doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it?
I was talking to a friend yesterday and deployed that storied and clichéd clincher, The First Law of Holing: When you're in a hole, stop digging. His response was as fresh as it was unanswerable: "And have you ever heard of the The First Law of Mining? When you're in a mine, keep digging." Touché; a mine is essentially a hole, after all. That one's right up there with the Unstoppable Force and the Immovable Object.
OK. Same guy. Later (or earlier, I forget) on in the conversation. My turn to be creative. I serendipitously (how's that for an unwieldy word?) rediscover the pun: a punch of salt. Rediscover because evidently lots of people got there before I did, including the scriptwriter of Donnie Brasco. Oh well.