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Source: Tom Swifties Adverbial Puns

Who knew this list existed? There are some good Tom Swifties and then there are others:

“I’ve been a baaaa-d boy,” said Tom sheepishly.

Remember, these are the dialogue equivalent of a double-negative in grammar. So never use them in writing unless you mean to write puns intentionally. This comprises a good list of the dreaded -ly adverbs to be avoided in dialogue tags too.

“Those cobs are amazing!” said Tom cornily.

I rest my case. Enjoy!

“His Honor is crazy,” Tom stated judgementally.

(Well, maybe just one more. 😉 )

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