Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Paraprosdokians

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list.

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted pay checks.

A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.

Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "In an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR".

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

18 comments:

  1. Ha! These are too funny. And that word - what a mouthful.

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  2. I like these...very clever! And some are thought-provoking, too. :)

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  3. These are funny! What's even funnier is me trying to say that word. :)

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  4. Oh I hope I remember some of these in particular moments of future conversations!

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  5. I love learning a fabulous new word, especially one as much fun as paraprosdokians!

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  6. So, so amusing. I wonder what the origin of paraprosdokian is.

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  7. I've got more coming later in the week. A friend sent these to me and the list was way long for one post!

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  8. This is the way I like to get my information ... with a grin. I always tell my friends, "If you're going to tell me about your troubles ... make it funny."

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  9. Now that's a term I have't heard. These are just hilarious. Thanks, Hellen. Needed a smile today.
    karen

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  10. These are hilarious! I didn't know there was a term for them though- thanks for educating me.

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  11. Those are great! I need to remember the second one. Might come in handy...

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  12. In a weird coincidence I had the growing up one on my board in class today. I'm putting the war one up tomorrow.

    I didn't know there was a name for these! Very cool :)

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  13. I didn't even know there was a term for it, lol!

    I've used this one before, "The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list." Usually talking to one of my brothers or my son, lol!

    Thanks for the laughter and clever wit, Helen. :-)

    Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

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  14. Haha, these are great! I especially like the first one, which I'm going to remember in case the need to use it ever arises. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  15. These are brilliant! I love the phrase about growing up. Truer words couldn't have been spoken. I learned something new today; thanks!
    Ava

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  16. I'm assuming that is a real word. It's what was sent to me by my friend. Incidentally, there will be more soon!

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  17. Those were priceless. I love this kind of writing/talking. It's so much fun.

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