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Since almost seven months have passed, it seems appropriate to revisit Tom Swifties. (I almost said, "revisit again".) This is inspired by Kalleh's use of the words immensely and enormously..

"I missed my period," wailed Tomasina immensely.
"I can't be pregnant, I just can't," she added, enormously alarmed.
 
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"I really don't care if there's a flower missing from my bouquet," said Tom lackadaisically...
 
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"I love the novels of D. H. Lawrence," said the lady chattily.
 
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"...and then I fell off my bicycle," said she, carelessly.

"We could do with another Gothic doorway here," said he, archly.

"Here's the vinegar," said I, acidly.
"And I've found the other dressing ingredients," said Susan, oleaginously.

Stephen.
 
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"I've hung out the wash," Tom said dryly.

"I'll have a hot dog," said Tom frankly.

And, if I may use a gerund instead of an adverb: "Won't anybody give a little fellow a ride?" asked Tom, thumbing.
 
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"I'm free to use gerunds whenever I want," said Asa Love, joyfully.
 
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All my good ones are in the other thread! Frown

"I'm burning up with fever", she said, coolly.
 
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"I really don't care if there's a flower missing from my bouquet," said Tom lackadaisically.

What a dandy line. Wink
"Haberdasher! Are you a gardener too?" Hic asked indignantly.
"I too love flowers," he added rosily.
 
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"All my good ones are in the other thread!" Confused
... said Kalleh, listlessly.
 
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What a _dandy line_. Wink
"Haberdasher! Are you a gardener too?" Hic asked indignantly.
"I too love flowers," he added rosily.


"I see no reason you should ask such questions," replied he, aeratedly.

I thought that trug-ulently was a little too contrived.

Stephen.
 
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"I'm burning up with fever", she said, coolly.

...or maybe "I told you you'd get a fever if you went out without your coat!" she said, hotly.
 
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"You're both delirious," I gasped, feverishly, my breath coming in short pants.
 
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"I have the measles", he said rashly.
 
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"Look! There's Pamela Anderson," said Tom disparagingly.
 
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"Your voice just grates on my nerves," said Tom shreddingly.
 
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"The prisoner went down the stairs," said Tom condescendingly.
 
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"The enemy of the Sandinistas have agreed to a cease-fire," Tom said contrarily.
 
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"I'm talking about fibers, filaments, threads, yarns, twines, strings, ropes, and hawsers, and I'm also talking about an important part of my vocal anatomy," said Tom, cordially.
 
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"I'll leave a word telling HOW it was said, hoping you will supply WHAT was said," suggested jerry, playfully.



WHOLEHEARTEDLY
 
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"Honey, I can't find the tickets to the symphony," said Tom, disconcerted.

(Jerry, I like your game, but I'm leaving it unanswered pour encourager les autres. Big Grin)
 
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"The prisoner may not stand," said the bailiff conceitedly.
 
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"But," said Tom contestingly, "The prisoner is taking an exam right now."
 
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"I'm innocent, Your Honor," said Tom, pleadingly.



".... pour encourager les autres," said Hic,


ENCOURAGINGLY
 
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"You can say that again," Tom Tom reiterated repeatedly.
 
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I am thirsty for a Hog's Back T.E.A., said Tom dryly.
 
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"I'm horizontal in bed," Tom said, though he was lying.
 
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To be self-referential, shouldn't it be
"I'm standing up straight," said Tom, though he was lying." ?

I'm not sure that self-referential is necessarily any better than self-contradictory, but it's always seemed to me that the essence of a Swifty is its linking the phrase to the adverb in as many ways as possible. Thus in "I lost my lawsuit, said Tom plaintively..." we have simultaneously plaintive/sad-over-loss (with ... to emphasize the sadness) and plaintiff/lawsuit-filer.

[edit: Come to think of it, I'm not even sure which of the standing/lying examples above is the self-contradictory one!]
 
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"I'm lying," quoth Tom, notwithstanding.
 
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Bravo!
 
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"The prisoner may not stand," said the bailiff conceitedly.
"But," said Tom contestingly, "The prisoner is taking an exam right now."


"He'll be executed at 12 noon," said Tom concurrently.

[mutters: shocking; simply shocking]
 
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"I'm horizontal in bed," Tom said, though he was lying.

Originally posted by haberdasher:
To be self-referential, shouldn't it be
"I'm standing up straight," said Tom, though he was lying." ?

Perhaps this?
"I'm prone to uprightness," said Tom, lying.
 
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"The prisoner was taken to that island near Greece," said Tom, concretely.
 
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"Let's mend that broken bone", said Tom, staring fixedly.
 
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"When the victim reviews the police line-up, be sure to put this guy in it," said Officer Tom inconsequentially.
 
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Tom said, "I'm everywhere. Hic!" ubiquitously.
 
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"Time for your surgery", said Tom, cuttingly.
 
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"He needs a heart transplant", said Tom, halfheartedly.
 
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"It's the middle of my semester at Oxford," said Tom indeterminably.

"I'm joining the church choir," said Tom indecorously.
 
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"The prisoner has to make stencils today," said Tom contemplatingly.
 
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"I'm in jail," said Tom independently.

"And i feel no remorse," said Tom impenitantly.
 
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"But I won't be anybody's jail-lover," said Tom impenetrably.
 
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Hmmm, just remember, your wife posts here as well! Wink
 
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Kalleh, it's just a Tom Swifty... I'm sure yours and Shu's nightly roleplay game of "You be the warden and I'll be the naughty prisoner" is still on... Wink Eek Wink Big Grin
 
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...Actually, I thought the choir's "indecorous" remark was the best we've seen lately. Bassically I liked the tenor of that remark. (Alto I haven't been able to find a good way of working in the soprano section.)
 
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I'm sure yours and Shu's nightly roleplay game of "You be the warden and I'll be the naughty prisoner" is still on

Big Grin Wink Smile Cool
 
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"The Genie drank the entire contents of the urn," said Tom, ingeniously.
 
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"Don't say I didn't warm you," said Tom, heatedly.



"Sorry, I don't play bridge," he said, whistfully.



"I'll not be with you wherever thou goest," she said, Ruthlessly.



"These animals are much too large to be fish or dolphins," he wailed.

[This message was edited by jerry thomas on Fri Jun 6th, 2003 at 16:39.]
 
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"My cardiac surgery was a success!" exclaimed Tom wholeheartedly.
 
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"No, I'm not wearing makeup!" he said, blushingly.
 
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"I like conifers" he opined...
 
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