Hi Mike. It appears it is you that is engaged in "wordplay", including the interpretative non-literal idea of "transmigration". I already posted sufficient sutta evidence that "samsara" includes "cycling/wandering" in egoism. Even in the speculative event that there is "rebirth/reincarnation", what appears to drive this "rebirth/reincarnation" is samsaric egoism or selfing. SN 23.2 appears to say "a being" is merely the mind "stuck in strong clinging" rather than a "sentient being". Possibly, if we can abandon the samsaric self-view of "Sujato", we may be able to consider sutta objectively. Kind regards
My impression is there was a rather bold censuring of Venerable Nanananda's translations and the rather bold assertion of Venerable Sujato's translations and other bold yet baseless assertions, that continue (such as the suttas are "wordplay").
Ultimately, it appears the issues you raised are about the validity of Venerable Nanananda's ‘thisness’ and ‘otherwiseness’. I previously posted a sutta that literally says samsara is about the "I-maker & other-maker" but you seem to given the impression of asserting the common Sujato idea that "bhava" in "itthabhāvaññathābhāvaṁ" means "reincarnation".