Tuesday, January 19, 2016


A paraprosdokian is a literary device in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected, resulting in humor or surprise.

I expect that paraprosdokian is not a word you'll be likely to use very often (unless you're a retired English teacher like Kathy, from whom I first learned the word), but you may from time to time use one in conversation. Here, courtesy of my brother Mark, are a few examples:

Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.

Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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

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

In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, Notify:" I wrote "A doctor."

Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a mechanic.

You're never too old to learn something stupid*.

I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

Got any other good paraprosdokians? Leave a comment, and show the rest of us how erudite you are!

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.


* And use it in a political argument.


eViL pOp TaRt said...

The word sounds like something we would get at a eastern European bakery/

A stitch in time spares a bare butt.

Mike said...

Don't forget this one... "I belong to no organized party; I am a Democrat." Will Rogers

Grand Crapaud said...

It's the Republicans that are disorganized now!
Why the concern about organized crime? Isnt law enforcement organized?

Bilbo said...

Good one, Angel!

allenwoodhaven said...

Great post!