Tom Swiftys Part 1



A Tom Swifty is a type of pun that plays on the relationship between the adverb at the end of the sentence and the contents of the sentence.

  • “I can’t see. Turn on the lights,” Tom said darkly.
  • “My pencil broke,” Tom said bluntly.
  • “The house is on fire,” Tom said alarmingly.
  • “I should have worn long pants,” Tom said shortly.
  • “Will this rain ever stop?” Tom said pourly.

Choose 5 of the adverbs below to create 5 Tom Swiftys of your own.

accidentally  
annually
awkwardly   
blindly
brightly   
calmly
carefully   
clearly
correctly   
crossly
doubtfully   
enormously
exactly     
faithfully
fatally       
gracefully
greedily   
happily
hastily       
honestly
hourly       
hungrily
inquisitively   
joyously
justly       
kindly
lazily       
loosely
loudly       
madly

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