Monday, 30 May 2016


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.

When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity; when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion. - Robert Pirsig

The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant – and let the air out of the tires. - Dorothy Parker

If I make you breakfast in bed, simple ‘thank you’ is all I need. Not all this ‘how did you get in my house?’ business. - Unknown

If you love someone, set them free. If you hate someone, set them free. Basically set everyone free and get a dog. - Unknown

Always think before you speak. You may be able to come up with something twice as insulting. - Unknown

Vegetarians live up to nine years longer than the rest of us. Nine horrible, worthless, bacon-less years. - Unknown

Just burned 2000 calories. That’s the last time I leave bronies in the oven while I nap. - Unknown

No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife is NOT saying. - Unknown

The greatest influence on a child begins with the birth of his parents. - Les Crane

A friend in need is usually something you don’t need. - Unknown

You’re never too old to learn something stupid. - Unknown

End discrimination. Hate everybody. - Elle Eden

You look like I need another drink. - Unknown

I’m not as dumb as you look. - Unknown

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