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Tom Swifties: A Never Ending Source of Amusement

“We must hurry”, Tom said swiftly…..the little sentence that spawned so many more! Please send us your favorites! “Give me the gun,” Tom said disarmingly. “I don’t think this ship is tilting at all,” Tom said listlessly. “My mother got … 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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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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Do You Know What ‘Sparrow Fart’ Means?

I’ve always been intrigued by words. Can’t say I always use, spell or pronounce them correctly, but that’s never stopped me from trying out a new one. I recently bought Paul Dickson’s new book, “ Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers”. … 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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Synedoche: Please Lend Us Your Ears!

Someone recently sent me a great word: synecdoche. Wow! I had fun looking up this word and finding examples of common synedoches. What’s not to love? Synedoche noun [si NEK duh kee]- a figure of speech in which a part … Continue reading

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Synedoche: Please Lend Us Your Ears!

Someone recently sent me a great word: synecdoche. Wow! I had fun looking up this word and finding examples of common synedoches. What’s not to love? Synedoche noun [si NEK duh kee]- a figure of speech in which a part … Continue reading

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Neologisms: New and Noteworthy!

Neologism– noun [nee  OL uh jizuhm] a new word, usage or expression. Social networking has coined many neologisms such as tweeting, vlogging, and friending. Oh how fun! Here’s a list of some recent neologisms. Can you guess the meanings? Do … Continue reading

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Major Punage Alert!

Damn! Somewhere upstream the levees broke and we shore have been flooded with puns! Here’s a few more sent to Mirth in a Box by hardcore punsters: I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can … Continue reading

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Tom Swifties: Wordplay Continued

Several months back we posted our Tom Swifties blog post on our Facebook page. Who knew so many of our Facebook friends were rapid punsters? Here’s some of their Tom Swifties: “I don’t own a BB Gun,” Tom said lackadaisically. … Continue reading

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