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Re: "Useful languages"

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Thursday, February 14, 2002, 19:55
Small correction to what I just sent:

> This type of verbal wordplay is sometimes known as >"Tom Swifties". There is a list of examples at the site: > > > >This site also has links to other sites with lists of "swifties".
I just went back and tried the links --- I couldn't get them to work. But putting "Tom Swifties" into Google turned up a number of sites that do work, among them: which includes a definition of "Tom Swifties" (it's apparently in the dictionary!) and an explanation of how the Tom Swift series of books became connected with this particular type of verbal humor. BTW, I am not aware of this type of wordplay in any natlang other than English. Does anyone know of other langs that do this? Dan Sulani --------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.


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