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Friday - - Mind Games -

Witty ver­bal play As noted last week, a Croaker is an amus­ing sen­tence or phrase where the verb serves as a pun, with lim­it­less vari­a­tions. Here are some more that I found in which the speaker as well as the verb par­tic­i­pates – you’ll cer­tainly need to stretch your imag­i­na­tion a bit to see the wit within:

“The cows are lost,” Ran of­fered.

“He had a scarlet nose,” Flo read.

“I’m a witch,” Ann chanted. “I or­dered cho­co­late, not vanilla!” I screamed. How about sen­tences in which both the ad­verb and the verb echo the sub­ject mat­ter of the quo­ta­tion? They go by the term Swift Croak­ers: “I’m learn­ing to play the clas­si­cal gui­tar,” he fret­ted pluck­ily. “Take me to the rock fes­ti­val,” she trum­peted brass­ily. “I’ve lost my sheet mu­sic,” he noted tune­lessly. “I’m a con­cert pi­anist,” she recorded grandly. “Our choir will present a spe­cial per­for­mance,” they cho­rused con­cert­edly.

“I play the oboe,” he noted reed­ily. “My favourite works of art are Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo,” she smiled dis­arm­ingly. “Your em­broi­dery is laugh­ably sloppy,” she nee­dled cru­elly. Had enough? Well, al­most. How­ever, I can’t let you go, dazed reader, without call­ing at­ten­tion to the sum­mit of the Croaker art form: three Swift Croak­ers in which the speaker par­tic­i­pates as well: “We saw the Em­pire State Build­ing, the Eif­fel Tower and the Tower of Pisa in the rain,” the lat­ter listed pre­cip­i­tously. “What a mourn­ful bell,” Nell told ap­peal­ingly. “That news­pa­per se­rial will have four more episodes in the month to fol­low,” Toby con­tin­ued weakly.

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