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It's an old, but fun game we used to call "Tom Swiftys." The best way to describe a Tom Swifty is by example. Here are some classics:

"I'm a lion tamer," he said off-handedly.

"I dropped my toothpaste," she said crestfallenly.

"It's the plumber," he piped.

Here's one I came up with the other day: "I have one less than five front gardens," he said forlonly.

And so on.

Feel free to add your own.
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Landmark, could you explain the concept more clearly? I'm baffled.
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On May 23, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Landmark, could you explain the concept more clearly? I'm baffled.



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For example:

Reaching out, "I know a poisonous snake when I see one!" he said vehemently.

Would this be acceptable, being that it is word play?
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On May 23, 2020, arthur stead wrote:
Landmark, could you explain the concept more clearly? I'm baffled.


Think "the extremely bad pun game".
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On May 23, 2020, Animated Puppets wrote:
For example:

Reaching out, "I know a poisonous snake when I see one!" he said vehemently.

Would this be acceptable, being that it is word play?


I think it's fun to play around with it, but it would be more standard to say, "I despise snakes," he said venomously.

Arthur, the best I can do is that the adverb for the word "said," refers to some part of the quoted sentence. Probably better to see more examples here:

https://www.thoughtco.com/tom-swifty-word-play-1692472
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I guess I'm just not smart or sophisticated enough to participate on this one!
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You are no pun at all, he said spellbindingly.
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"I slayed them with my Vernon card trick!" he said triumphantly.
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"Be careful swinging that axe," he said sharply.

"I think that portraying Rambo was my most difficult role," Mr. Stallone said slyly.

"Today's lesson will be the opposite of multiplication," the math teacher said divisively.

"I have full confidence that I can win the Iditarod!", he said doggedly.

"I sold all my livestock except for a few goats," he said sheepishly.

"That bus is never on time," he's been saying lately.

"Trust me - this is the best card control I know," the magician said convincingly.

"Pick a card - any card," the magician said forcefully.

"Once I recover from laryngitis I intend to compete in the Kentucky Derby," the jockey said hoarsely.

"That's the 10th muffler I replaced today," the mechanic said exhaustedly.

"Do you think we can get Bob again for our next USO show?" he said hopefully.

"This model has the best headlights in it's class," the car salesman beamed.

"I can't believe I have to rewind all these spools of thread," he recoiled.

"There is no outer boundary to the universe", the astronomer said endlessly.

"I once withstood 500 volts!," the electrician said shockingly.

"Let me take just one more picture," he snapped.

"I saw an apparition in the attic," she said hauntingly.

"After 3 days in this desert, that mirage better be water," he said dryly.

"Scottie, beam me up," he said energized.

"Okay, I can't think of any more of these," Ron said.


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Wow, so many great ones in there!
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“Look – over there!,” he said pointedly.

“Your application looks great,” the loan officer said approvingly.

“I never had Deer meat, but I’ll give it a try,” he said gamely.

“I know we’re in New York, but I’ll root for the baseball team from Atlanta,” he said bravely.

“One drug I’ll never do is cocaine,” he snorted.

“I’ve been assigned to the largest military base in North Carolina,” he bragged.

“How many frogs are in this water?,” he pondered.

“I need more smelling salts,” he said faintly.

“This stretch of land belongs to us,” the Indian said plainly.

“As CEO of Apple, I take full responsibility for the quality of our products,” he said timidly.

“Will Stevie perform the song ‘Superstition’?,” he wondered.

“Do not begin dissecting your frogs until I say so,” the biology professor croaked.

“I used to assert a flat Earth, but I don’t anymore,” he exclaimed.

“The church tower contains 25 bells,” he chimed.

“Ulysses was the 18th U.S. President,” he granted.

“Nobody just bursts into flames for no reason,” he said spontaneously.

“I can be a great songwriter someday,” the young John Lennon imagined.

“Brains in a vat??!! That’s preposterous,” he thought.

“I stored my victims in my freezer,” the killer said chillingly.

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LOL.

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“It’s empty,” he observed vacuously.
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"Should I participate in this thread?"he wondered reticently.
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Two from Stephen King...

"I'm the plumber!" he said with a flush.
"You got a nice butt!" He said cheekily.
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Nice.

"Ignore the security guard," he said haltingly.

"No one can eat that much whale fat!" he blubbered.

"It's almost as ancient a computer language as FORTRAN," he lisped.
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