I've just watched a TV talk show with a headline of “The tank hits hot topics”,and I guess it might be a shorter form of "think tank"? If it was, is such a shorter form of "think tank" acceptable and common in English? I have a suspicion that in this headline, the word "tank" is purposely used to convey a double meaning.

I am not sure if that usage is a pun.

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  • What is the talk show about? The topic can help define the title for the topic. – zondo Apr 14 '16 at 1:18
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    It wouldn't happen to be a special episode of Shark Tank, would it? – J.R. Apr 14 '16 at 1:47
  • It talks about some hot news and the guests speak out their views about the hot topics. – dennylv Apr 14 '16 at 1:48
  • @ J.R.♦ I’ve just posted a screen shot in the OP. – dennylv Apr 14 '16 at 1:53

There's no pun here1, just typical headline-ese: "the Tank" here is shorthand for "some of the stars of the show Shark Tank", "hit" is headline-speak for "talk about", and "hot topics" means more or less what it sounds like.

1 Whether or not it's a pun to name a show that's not about wildlife Shark Tank is a different question.

  • WOW, how illuminating! I know little about "Shark Tank". – dennylv Apr 14 '16 at 2:17

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