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30th May '16 5:55:56 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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A TomSwifty (alternatively spelled TomSwiftie) is the use of the attribution of a quotation as a pun on some aspect of the content of the quotation. Less eloquently put, [[BuffySpeak it's a joke where the bit that says who said something and how they said it is a pun on what was said]]. Even more simply, it's a joke based on the SaidBookism used.

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A TomSwifty Tom Swifty (alternatively spelled TomSwiftie) Tom Swiftie) is the use of the attribution of a quotation as a pun on some aspect of the content of the quotation. Less eloquently put, [[BuffySpeak it's a joke where the bit that says who said something and how they said it is a pun on what was said]]. Even more simply, it's a joke based on the SaidBookism used.



The name is a reference to the ''TomSwift'' series of books. They did not use the trope much themselves, rather the books and similar children's books of the time (''NancyDrew'', ''HardyBoys'' and other dialogue-heavy pint-sized detective novels) went to great lengths to avoid just repeating plain words like "said" and "tell" over and over again. So they employed many adverbs and alternatives: the Said-Bookism is deservedly [[SaidBookism its own trope.]] The TomSwifty then arose later as an effective way of parodying this style [[BeamMeUpScotty until it became associated strongly with the original series itself.]]

The exact point at which something is considered a TomSwifty and not something else varies. Some insist that it only counts as a TomSwifty when the pun is in the adverb, if the pun is in the verb it is often called a Croaker after the example ''"I might as well be dead," Tom croaked.''

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The name is a reference to the ''TomSwift'' ''Literature/TomSwift'' series of books. They did not use the trope much themselves, rather the books and similar children's books of the time (''NancyDrew'', ''HardyBoys'' and other dialogue-heavy pint-sized detective novels) went to great lengths to avoid just repeating plain words like "said" and "tell" over and over again. So they employed many adverbs and alternatives: the Said-Bookism is deservedly [[SaidBookism its own trope.]] The TomSwifty Tom Swifty then arose later as an effective way of parodying this style [[BeamMeUpScotty until it became associated strongly with the original series itself.]]

The exact point at which something is considered a TomSwifty Tom Swifty and not something else varies. Some insist that it only counts as a TomSwifty Tom Swifty when the pun is in the adverb, if the pun is in the verb it is often called a Croaker after the example ''"I might as well be dead," Tom croaked.''



* The New York Times [[http://schott.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/05/weekend-competition-tom-swifties/#comment-13201 held a contest]] for the top {{TomSwiftie}}s.

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* The New York Times [[http://schott.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/05/weekend-competition-tom-swifties/#comment-13201 held a contest]] for the top {{TomSwiftie}}s.Tom Swifties.
23rd Oct '15 3:44:17 PM WarriorsGate
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* Creator/StephenKing mentions Swifties in his memoir/manual of style ''On Writing''. "When debating whether or not to make some pernicious dandelion of an adverb part of your dialogue attribution," he remarks, "I suggest you ask yourself if you really want to write the sort of prose that might wind up in a party game."


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* "I'm the plumber," he said with a flush.
18th Oct '15 3:40:39 AM Epithumia
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" "My favourite music show's on!" cried Tom with abandon.

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" * "My favourite music show's on!" cried Tom with abandon.
18th Oct '15 3:40:06 AM Epithumia
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* "I need to replace my mower", said Tom forlornly.
" "My favourite music show's on!" cried Tom with abandon.
19th Sep '15 12:24:38 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* "I'm going to go play the organ," Tom piped up.
* "Let's go explore tombs!" Tom said cryptically.
23rd Aug '15 8:27:45 PM nombretomado
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* "For hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee!" Tom wailed [[note]]MobyDick[[/note]].

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* "For hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee!" Tom wailed [[note]]MobyDick[[/note]].[[note]]Literature/MobyDick[[/note]].
15th Mar '15 12:30:53 PM Bisected8
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* "Time to get moving!", Tom said ecstatically.
* "I'm feeling a bit devilish." Tom said impishly.
23rd Feb '15 2:27:12 PM Bisected8
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[[/folder]]* "Get into this sack of potatoes, Richard", Tom dictated.
* "Keep the furnace going!", Tom bellowed.
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9th Feb '15 3:32:14 AM Aquila89
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* "Maybe we could try gambling" Tom hazarded.
9th Oct '14 1:09:17 AM Odon
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-->[[HaveAGayOldTime "I'm coming!" he ejaculated.]]
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