For lexophiles only

No, it's not some kind of perversion that'll get you on a life-long sex-offenders list. "Lexophile" is someone who loves to use words uniquely. e.g. "to write with a broken pencil is pointless.
Someone recently sent me a list of 42 examples that were compiled without attribution. After a search, I've found that a lot of them are repeats from other lists making the rounds. The most extensive list I found was a comment posted by someone named Val on a website called Exploring the Use, Misuse and Humor of Words by Bob McDonnell, Successful writer. (Be sure to read the rest of his interesting site, where you will find out that Scrabble has added new words and the meaning of book mash. (Or is it bookmash? There's also a debate over whether it's "lexophile" or "lexiphile.")
Anyway, here's a sampling. You'll have to visit Bob to find the rest. It's worth a look and a laugh where there's so much going on that's unfunny.
A backward poet writes inverse.
A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.
A boiled egg is hard to beat.
A calendar’s days are numbered.
A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.
A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France and resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.
A lot of money is tainted: ‘Taint yours, and ‘taint mine.
A plateau is a high form of flattery.
A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement. He became a hardened criminal.
A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
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  • I wonder if that dyslexic man bit the dust.

  • Whenever Sherlock Holmes got thirsty, he cracked a case.

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  • Delightful, Dennis! But isn't the word logophile?

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    Thanks for mentioning my blog on your site. You have a great blog. I am amazed at the range of topics. Well done, sir. Stay warm in Chicago.

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