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Tom Swifties: The Best Puns of All!

I completely forgot about my favorite type of pun, the Tom Swifty, until someone added a few more to an old blog post. Tom Swifties are a type of pun that can best be understood after reading a few: “The … Continue reading

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What Happened When The Past, The Present, and The Future Walked into a Bar?

It was tense! Thinks that’s funny? Here’s a few more: What is the difference between a cat and a comma? One has claws at the end of its paws, the other is a pause at the end of a clause. … Continue reading

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Good Grief! Oxymorons Once Again!

Oxymorons (a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings per Merrima- Webster Dictionary) abound in everyday speech. Here’s a few that I have com across recently: Painless Dentistry– Yep. I guess novocaine helps a bit but getting … Continue reading

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Ah Ha Ha! Anagrams!

Anagrams [AN uh grams] are words and phrases formed by rearranging the letters of another, usually loosely related, word or phrase. We think they’re fun! Debit card…bad credit Mother-in-Law….woman Hilter Clint Eastwood….Old West action Past due…date’s up Public relations….crap built … Continue reading

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Can’t Believe What You Hear? May Be a Mondegreen! Word Play!

A mondegreen [mahn deh GREEN] is a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or, most frequently, sung. “Very close veins” is a mondegreen for “varicose veins”. Get it? Here are some hysterical hearing mishaps. Please … Continue reading

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“We Must Hurry”, Tom Said Swiftly: Tom Swifties

A Tom Swifty is a phrase in which the adverb is a pun that links back to the rest of the sentence. Huh? See examples below and send us some more! “I do too have Jedi powers!” Tom said forcefully. … Continue reading

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Portmanteaus or Portmanteaux: By Any Name We Love Them!

I know some educated wordsmiths sniff at the use of portmanteaus, but I think the creative marrying of 2 words or names is quite charming & very efficient. Why use 2 words when one will suffice? Does your hair stand … Continue reading

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Oh Oh Oh Oxymorons!

Just feeling a bit of love for those delightfully incongruous figures of speech, oxymorons. Non-alcoholic beer Sour candy Pretty bad Deafening silence Clear as mud Easy labor Mandatory volunteering Great Depression Random order Original copy Come on! Let me know … Continue reading

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Oxymorons Once Again!

Last spring we explored those delightful combinations of contradictory words, oxymorons, in Outlandish Oxymorons Revealed. Many of our readers (OK, 4 of our readers) sent in a few more. Here they are: Friendly divorce Working Lunch Sound of Silence One-man … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather: Collective Nouns

“I’m so hungry I could eat a rafter of turkeys!” Ever hear someone say that? Well, I haven’t either BUT I did feel the urge to find out the collective noun for a group of turkeys. According to the a … Continue reading

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