Subject: Tom Swifties

Tom Swifties:

A Tom Swifty is a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed. The name comes from the Tom Swift series of books.

“Thank you so much, Monsieur,” said Tom mercifully.

“I don’t want to rewrite this in prose,” said Tom aversely.

“I’ll take that”, said Tom appropriately.

“It’s my personal magnetism,” said Tom ironically.

“Boy, will I give you a haircut!” said Tom barbarously.

“Another work week begins,” said Tom mundanely.

“Why shouldn’t I stir my yoghurt with a ballpoint pen?” Tom bickered.

“I’m shocked,” said Tom electrically.

“I’ve got a new watch,” Tom said with abandon.

“This looks like the fruit of the blackthorn,” said Tom slowly.

“That painting makes me laugh”, Tom articulated.

“Can I become a chorister?” Tom inquired.

“I wouldn’t mind going with you to the tennis match,” she said gamely.

“There must be a power cut,” said Tom delightedly.

“He’s a boring chap,” said Tom indulgently.

“My garden needs another layer of mulch,” Tom repeated.

“That’s the last time I’ll stick my arm in a lion’s mouth,” the lion-tamer said off-handedly.

“I’d like to make a toast,” Tom said warmly.

“This fabric is not good enough to make a bolero,” said Tom unravellingly.

“The exit is right there,” Tom pointed out.

“I’m swimming in the middle of Paris!” shouted Tom insanely.

The Literacy Site