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Tom Swifties are a special kind of pun, e.g.:

  • "I need a pencil sharpener," said Tom bluntly.
  • "Oops! There goes my hat!" said Tom off the top of his head.
  • "I can no longer hear anything," said Tom deftly.
  • "I have a split personality," said Tom, being frank.
  • "This must be an aerobics class," Tom worked out.
  • Over 400 more in our massive Dictionary of Tom Swifties!
Tom Swifties are a type of Wellerism. They fall broadly into four categories (explained here), but they all work on the same principle which can be seen in the examples:

  • "I couldn't believe there were 527,986 bees in the swarm!" Tom recounted.
  • "Don't you know my name?" asked Tom swiftly.
  • "Your fly is undone," was Tom's zippy rejoinder.
  • "I only have diamonds, clubs and spades," said Tom heartlessly.
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Our Dictionary of Tom Swifties contains over 400 examples of this type of pun arranged alphabetically by the punning word. Here's a few more to whet your appetite before you go to the complete index.

  • "Don't add too much water," said Tom with great concentration.
  • "I wonder if there's a number between seven and nine," said Tom considerately.
  • "I manufacture tabletops for shops," said Tom counterproductively.
  • "It's not fair!" said Tom darkly.
  • "I haven't had any tooth decay yet," said Tom precariously.
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