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Tom Swifty

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Molly Montgomery

on 25 April 2016

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Transcript of Tom Swifty

the name comes from the Tom Swift book series. The author, Victor Appleton, tried to avoid the repition of the word "said" in dialogue, so he modified adverbs.

A type of word play in which there is a punning relationship between an adverb (in the attribution of a quote) and the statement it refers to (the quote).
Tom Swiftie
"I'll get you out of prison in no time", said Tom balefully.
"It's twelve noon", Tom chimed in.
"I like hockey," Tom said puckishly.

"Give me some Chinese food", said Tom wantonly.

"This must be an aerobics class," Tom worked out.
Molly Montgomery
Tom Swiftie
"It's 9:59", said Tom pretentiously.
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