Monday, 24 March 2014


A paraprosdokian (from Greek, meaning "beyond" and "expectation") 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.
            Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a syllepsis.

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Think twice before you speak. You may be able to say something even more insulting. - Unknown

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. - Dorothy Parker

Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others. - Groucho Marx

Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice. - Minna Antrim

To err is human, to blame the next guy even more so. - Unknown

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. - Oscar Wilde

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

To the man on crutches, dressed in camouflage, who stole my wallet ... you can hide but you can’t run. - Milton Jones

Vegetarians, if you love animals so much then why do you keep eating all their food? - Unknown

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

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like? - Jean Cocteau

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

We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart, we take separate vacations - we’re doing everything we can to keep our marriage together. - Rodney Dangerfield  

We would all like a reputation for generosity and we’d all like to buy it cheap. - Mignon Mclaughlin

When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. - Unknown

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