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Tom Swifties: Wordplay at Its Best!

Who doesn’t love a Tom Swifty (we say heartily)? See how nicely the adverb connects to the words in the quotation? “Who’s your favorite operatic tenor?” Tom asked placidly. “I’m still looking for my beagle,” Tom said doggedly. “I’ve removed … Continue reading

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Brexit and Humpty Dumpty-What’s the Connection?

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. This is the first stanza of “The Jabberwocky”. Read the rest here. In Lewis Carroll’s novel, “Through the … Continue reading

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Malapropism Mayhem: Archie Bunker’s Chaotic Communications

Archie Bunker, the cranky patriarch in the 1970’s sitcom, “All in the Family” was well-known for mangling the English language. He was particularly skilled at malapropisms (misusing words that are similar in sound). We recently posted All in Good Fun: … Continue reading

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All in Good Fun: Archie Bunker’s Hilarious Malapropisms

Several months ago I was writing a blog post about malapropisms and came across a gold mine (a gold mind?) of speech slip ups attributed to Archie Bunker, the bigoted patriarch in the ground-breaking sit com, “All in the Family” … Continue reading

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Tips of the Slung: Silly Spoonerisms

A spoonerism is an unintentional slip of the tongue. Sometimes initial consonants are transposed. Other times syllables are reversed. These verbal blunders are named after William Archibald Spooner, a well-known lecturer from Oxford England. Here’s a few of Dr Spooner’s … Continue reading

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Oxymorons: Terribly Good

Icy hot Friendly fire Paid volunteer Loyal opposition Clearly misunderstood Static flow Poor health Almost exactly Clearly confused Minor crisis Freezer burn Who doesn’t love these paradoxical figures of speech? Please send more! Mirth in a Box sells fun and … Continue reading

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Oxymorons: Seriously Funny

 Oxymorons (actually the plural is oxymora but I have never heard anyone ever use that term) are figures of speech that combine contradictory words. Which are your favorites? Terribly good Student Teacher Old news Crash landing Definite maybe Resident alien Paid … Continue reading

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“Tom Swifties Again” Tom Recited (Get It?)

“3.142,” Tom enumerated piously. “This is the Netherlands,” Tom stated flatly. “Boy, that sure took the wind out of my sails!” Tom said disgustedly. “Congratulations. You graduated,” Tom said diplomatically. “I can’t believe you set off the dynamite!” Tom said … Continue reading

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Malapropisms: Let’s Have Fun Whether You Like it or Not!

Let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way. What is a malapropism? The dictionary tells us: Malapropism noun-[MAL-uh-prop-iz-uhm]-The act of misusing words ridiculously,  especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. A few fine examples: “Mother … Continue reading

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Oxymorons: Wicked Good Fun

Authentic reproduction Nothing much Unbiased opinion Red licorice Global village Calculated risk Pure evil Butthead Perfectly awful Texas chic (Come on! I will not say who sent me this one!) Sinfully good An oxymoron is a combination of contradictory words. … Continue reading

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