Tom Swifty


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Tom Swifty

A type of wordplay in which reported speech is followed by a description that creates a pun of some sort between the two. Presently she said, "I got you this gift." "We must hurry," said Tom swiftly.
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Tom Swifty

A punning word game. Tom Swift was the hero of a series of boys' adventure books first published in 1910. Author Victor Apppleton rarely used the word “said” without adding adverbs, a style that someone turned into a word game in which punsters add adverbs that suit what Tom is saying. Classic examples of Tom Swiftys (or Swifties) are “Sesame,” said Tom openly; “I only use one herb when I cook,” said Tom sagely; and “I swallowed some of the glass from that broken window,” Tom said painfully.
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The phrase "a Tom Swifty" comes to mind for Osborne's good fortune from the PS27bn windfall.
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Since the early 1990's, there has been a growing interest in the computer generation of humorous texts and small humour-generation programmes have been implemented: the LIBJOG system (Raskin & Attardo, 1994), The Tom Swifty generator (Lessard & Levinson, 1992), the JAPE riddle generator (Binsted & Ritchie, 1994), the HCPP generator (Lessard et al., 2002), The WisCraic pun generator (Mc Kay, 2002), and the HAHA acronym manipulator (Stock & Strapparava, 2002; Attardo & Mele 2002).
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In a tom swifty, a pun is made on an adverb or adverbial phrase.