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.

[[ShowDontTell To demonstrate, rather than elaborate]], some examples:

* "Pass me the shellfish," said Tom crabbily.
* "I might as well be dead," Tom croaked.
* "Who discovered radium?" asked Marie, curiously.

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.''

See StealthPun for when the puns are hidden more covertly and {{Pun}} for a range of {{Pun}} subtropes.



[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3242448/1/Giggles-bags-the-Borg Giggles Bags the Borg]]'', a ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' uber parody of ''Literature/{{Biggles}}''.
-->"That butcher!" said Tom [Paris] cuttingly.
-->"Stay sharp!" he said pointedly.
-->"I've got to stop the engine!" he choked.
-->"Looks like a modern work of art," said Tom abstractly.
-->[[HaveAGayOldTime "I'm coming!" he ejaculated.]]


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series is littered with them, most captured at [[http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/ The Annotated Pratchett File]]. Probably the first was in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'' about [[GrimReaper Death]], after being summoned by the Rite of [=AshkEnte=]:
--> [[/folder]]

[[folder: I was at a party ]]
, he added, a shade reproachfully.
** It was also used in combination with a ShoutOut in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' which is about [[strike: Rock and Roll]] Music With Rocks In.
---> [[/folder]]

[[folder: Thank you ]]
, said the grateful Death.
* Here are some from "Community Life", a short story by Lorrie Moore, in the collection ''Birds of America'':
-->"This hot dog's awful," she said frankly.
-->"She's a real dog," he said cattily.
-->"You're only average," he said meanly.
-->"I have to go to the hardware store," he said wrenchingly.
-->"Would you like a soda," he asked spritely.
* Much of the plot of David Lubar's ''Literature/SleepingFreshmenNeverLie'' actually ''depends'' on Tom Swifties. As such, there are many scattered throughout the book.
* Probably an unintentional example in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'': "He's friends with that dog," said Harry grimly. (He's believed said dog to be a dog-shaped death omen called the Grim for most of the book.)
* In the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novella "The Princess and the Queen", there's a line about a Lord Beesbury saying something ''waspishly''.


[[folder: Other ]]

* 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.
* More examples [[http://thinks.com/words/tomswift.htm here]].
* The Boy Scouts of America magazine ''Boy's Life'' has these in its jokes section.
* Mark Rosewater of ''MagicTheGathering'' held a Magic-related Tom Swifty contest a few years ago. The results can be seen [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mr115 here.]] (All the way down - they will only make sense if you know the cards they're referencing, though.)

[[folder: Catalogue of Tom Swifties]]

* "I've lost the rights to that gold mine," Tom exclaimed.
* "Pass me the shellfish," said Tom crabbily.
* "Can I go looking for the Grail again?" Tom requested.
* "I unclogged the drain with a vacuum cleaner," Tom said succinctly.
* "I might as well be dead," Tom croaked.
* "They had to amputate them both at the ankles," Tom said defeatedly.
** Or similarly: "We have to amputate," Tom said disarmingly.
** "Word to the wise: don't pet the lions," Tom said offhandedly.
* "Who discovered radium?" asked Marie, curiously.
* "Why is it so dark in here?" Tom said delightedly.
* "Mush!" Tom said huskily.
* "I'm coming!" Tom ejaculated.
* "Me, drown in Egypt? It'll never happen!" exclaimed Tom, deep in denial.
* "I owe you £20," said Tom, with a score to settle.
* "I have to alert the town!" Tom cried.
* "For hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee!" Tom wailed [[note]]Literature/MobyDick[[/note]].
* "I've dropped my toothpaste," said Tom, Crest™fallen.
* "We're out of toothpaste," said Tom, Aim™lessly.
* "I never sharpen pencils," Tom said pointlessly.
* "There's no air in your tires," Tom said flatly.
* "I tore up all my Valentines", said Tom halfheartedly.
* "I'm into homosexual necrophilia," said Tom in dead earnest.
* "Now where did I leave the deed to that land?" Tom muttered distractedly.
* "That river is full of nuclear waste!" Tom said glowingly.
* "Did anyone see where I left my pants?" Tom asked embarrassedly.
* "Did you walk right up to the victim and shoot him?" Tom asked, point-blank.
** "I sure did!" the suspect shot back.
* "I'm trapped in a penny!" Tom said, incensed.
* "Oh no, I've become an undead monster!" said Tom, aghast.
* "I'm trying to read Darwin's ''Voyage of the Beagle'', Tom said doggedly.
* "Okay, okay; just one more autograph," Tom said resignedly.
* "Take the prisoner downstairs with you," Tom said condescendingly.
* "I manufacture table tops," said Tom counterproductively.
* "My knee keeps twitching," Tom said reflexively.
* "It's the outside of a tree!" Tom barked.
* "That looks like it came from the chemistry lab," Tom retorted.
* "Terpsichore, Erato, Calliope..." Tom mused.
* "Get into the back of the boat," Tom said sternly.
* "A triangle has three, a square has four, a pentagon has five," Tom sighed.
* "You could plant box, or cypress, or maybe holly," Tom hedged.
* "Nnnn," Tom said forensically.[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke Four-"n"s-ically.]] Geddit?[[/note]]
* "I make sure to have a diet rich in iron," Tom said ferociously.
* "I just ate a bunch of lions," said Tom, full of pride.
* "The Red Sox didn't need the Babe", said Tom, ruthlessly.
* "This wine's far too dry", Tom said bitterly.
* "Stop playing with that FreezeRay", Tom said frostily.
* "Do I look like a mouse to you?", Tom squeaked.
* "We've taken over the government!", Tom cooed.
* "I just inhaled my fishing lure!", said Tom with bated breath.
* "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," said Tom rhetorically [[note]]''GoneWithTheWind''[[/note]].
* "No, I won't play tic-tac-toe with you," said Tom crossly.
* "Stop needling me," said Tom pointedly.
* "Fearless and Red are among my favorite albums," said Tom [[TaylorSwift Swiftly]].
* "That's the dog star," said Tom seriously.
* "I used to be a pilot," Tom explained.
* "[[TheStoner Pass me a joint]]," said Tom bluntly.
* "I can't find the French legation," Tom said disconsolately.
* "The harbor markers are burning!" Tom yelled flamboyantly.
* "You got a nice butt, lady," Tom said cheekily.
* "The mosquitos won't get us in here," Tom said intently.
* "That martial artist looks a bit glum," Tom said [[BruceLee sadly]].
* "What a wonderful side street!", Tom said finally.
* "I think we should give the robot a masculine or feminine personality.", Tom engendered.
* "My lamp just went out!" Tom glowered.
* "Maybe we could try gambling" Tom hazarded.
* "Get into this sack of potatoes, Richard", Tom dictated.
* "Keep the furnace going!", Tom bellowed.
* "Time to get moving!", Tom said ecstatically.
* "I'm feeling a bit devilish." Tom said impishly.
* "I'm going to go play the organ," Tom piped up.
* "Let's go explore tombs!" Tom said cryptically.