Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fun With Tom Swifty

The other day, one of my friends sent me a list of Tom Swifties.  Reading through the list, I realized I hadn't thought about them for decades, ever since my boys stopped getting the Boy's Life Scout magazine.  (In case you don't know, a Tom Swifty is a play on words that takes the form of a quotation by Tom followed by an adverb.) 

The list was cute, and I thought I'd share:
  • "I'm back from my lobotomy", said Tom absentmindedly.
  • "Only one of my speakers works", Tom said, monotonously.
  • "I'll try and dig it up for you", Tom said gravely.
  • "Stay sharp!" Tom said pointedly.
  • "The doctor removed my left ventricle and atrium", Tom said halfheartedly.
  • "My hand's been too long in the freezer," Tom said icily.
  • "This is what happens when you mix an acid and a base", Tom said neutrally.
  • "I think I'll use a different font", said Tom boldly.
  • "I knocked down the rest of the pins on my second try", Tom said sparingly.
  • "I need a pencil sharpener", said Tom bluntly.
  • "I forgot to mark down which groceries to buy", Tom said listlessly.
  • "Who ate all the apples"? asked Tom, fruitlessly.
  • "I think all I need is some condiments to make the perfect hotdog", Tom said with some relish.
  • "Hey, we’re out of laundry detergent", said Tom cheerlessly.
  • "I have a candy bar", Tom snickered.
  • "Looks like a modern work of art," said Tom abstractly.
  • "I wish we had some pineapple", said Tom dolefully.
  • "Hey, get this dog off me", Tom barked.
  • "Can’t you darn your own socks"? Tom needled.
  • "My oil well just came in"! Tom gushed.
  • "Where’s my bullfrog"? Tom croaked.
  • "Pass me the shellfish," said Tom crabbily

Can you add anything to the list?

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8 comments:

  1. These are good, thanks for sharing!

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  2. I'd never heard of Tom Swifties. They are clever and cute!

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  3. "I just don't understand these," Tom said stupidly.

    I remember these but this was great fun!

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    1. Perfect example! Thanks for sharing.

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