A Glossary of Tom Swifties
wearing a ribbon round my arm," said Tom with abandon.
concerned about the number of people not attending," said
like modern painting," said Tom abstractly.
I have the tools to chop down that tree," said Tom with a
"This salad dressing has too much vinegar," said Tom
"There's room for one more," Tom admitted.
"Here's your allowance for the next two weeks," Tom
like to eat seventeen cakes," Tom agreed.
halfway up a mountain," Tom alleged.
"There's no need for silence," Tom allowed.
"There seems to be at least one blood-sucking insect in
every outhouse," said Tom
"It's a unit of electric current," said Tom amply.
"These propulsion systems were used by NASA on moon
rockets," said Tom
compliment the company that makes the Macintosh computer,"
can't have this and eat it too," said Tom archaically.
"It's an actual parameter, not a formal parameter," was
have the right to remain silent," said Tom arrestingly.
"Someday I'll run the CIA," said Tom aspiringly.
"I've mailed the letter," Tom assented.
decided which car to purchase after looking at the
pictures," said Tom
- B -
"This boat is leaking," said Tom balefully.
"Give me a haircut," Tom said barbarously.
"I've been listening to the Brandenburg Concertos," Tom
"This is the most common language used on micros," said Tom
losing my hair," Tom bawled.
"Ouch! When I get stung, I want revenge," said Tom
sure we can fool them into thinking this is pollen," said
wonder why the hive's still empty," said Tom belatedly.
have to keep this fire alight," Tom bellowed.
shouldn't I stir my coffee with a ballpoint pen?" Tom
"These bit patterns will be more readable in groups of 8,"
said Tom bitingly.
"I've only enough carpet for the hall and landing," said Tom
with a blank stare.
"..." said Tom blankly.
need a pencil sharpener," said Tom bluntly.
"This wind is awful," blustered Tom.
think I'll use a different font," said Tom boldly.
you all governors?" Tom asked, bored.
still haven't struck oil," said Tom boringly.
"This is mutiny!" said Tom bountifully.
presented my case to the judge," Tom said briefly.
"This blood-sucking insect likes French cheese," said Tom
your own toothbrush!" Tom bristled.
- C -
"Rowing hurts my hands," said Tom callously.
have been reading Voltaire," Tom admitted candidly.
"I've been to a film festival in Southern France," said Tom
can't be bothered," said Tom carelessly.
don't work here on a regular basis," said Tom casually.
"Would you like some soda?" asked Tom caustically.
"That's price-fixing!" said Tom caustically.
"Have you seen my collection of ancient Chinese artifacts?"
asked Tom charmingly.
"It's twelve noon," Tom chimed in.
"I've got to stop this motor," Tom choked.
"Another plate of seafood for me!" Tom clamored.
"We're off to Scotland," said Tom clandestinely.
"Pretend we were in the days before railways," Tom
"Okay, you can switch on the electric chair now," said Tom
"Don't add too much water," said Tom with great
prisoner escaped down a rope," said Tom condescendingly.
prisoners set up a company," the warden confirmed.
right, I will allow the prisoners to wear perfume," the
wonder if there's a number between seven and nine," said Tom
"Now, how can I trick Sidney?" Tom considered.
have a delivery of shoes for the prisoners," said Tom
"Hey, what's it worth if I help you escape from prison?"
asked Tom contemptuously.
escaped prisoner is camping out in the woods," said Tom
mentioned in this book," said Tom contentedly.
"Europe needs more self-restraint," said Tom continently.
have writer's block," said Tom contritely.
find you guilty," said the judge with conviction.
like to be a Chinese labourer," said Tom coolly.
"Those cobs are amazing!" said Tom cornily.
friend and I steal things together," Tom corroborated.
manufacture tabletops for shops," said Tom
is this telephone flex always tangled?" asked Tom coyly.
do you start a model-T Ford without a battery?" asked Tom
admire East End gangsters," said Tom crazily.
dropped the toothpaste," said Tom, crestfallen.
"I've struck oil!" said Tom crudely.
situation is grave," Tom said cryptically.
discovered radium?" asked Tom curiously.
wonder where the next character is going to appear," said
Tom with a cursory
the butcher's assistant," said Tom cuttingly.
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