Friday Fun: Paraprosdokian Phrases

Here’s a fun short post for everyone today, enjoy!

Paraprosdokian – a figure of speech where the ending of the phrase is completely unexpected.

Here are some great examples:

  • “I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.” — Will Rogers
  • Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
  • “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.” — Groucho Marx
  • “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” — Groucho Marx
  • “A modest man, who has much to be modest about.” — Winston Churchill (of Clement Atlee)
  • “If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
  • “The car stopped on a dime, which unfortunately was in a pedestrian’s pocket.”
  • “I haven’t slept for ten days, because that would be too long.” — Mitch Hedberg
  • “Take my wife—please.” — Henny Youngman
  • ” It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” Winston Churchill
  • “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” Winston Churchill
  • “I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my father, not screaming and terrified like his passengers.” — Bob Monkhouse
  • Feel free to comment and add more!

    Like this kind of humor?  Check out some of my other humor posts!


    About Jodi

    Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, will be published November 2018 by Immortal Works Press. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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    18 Responses to Friday Fun: Paraprosdokian Phrases

    1. captaindomon says:

      “I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.” – Stephen King

    2. nrhatch says:

      Great list. Fun way to start the day.

      Apparently Winston Churchill mastered the Paraprosdokian Phrase ~ along with Groucho Marx.

      Here’s mine:

      It was tough, but I finally decided what to give up for Lent . . . Catholocism. ; )

    3. cubbageg says:

      “I only know two tunes: one of them is ‘Yankee Doodle,’ and the other one isn’t.”

      -Ulysses S. Grant

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    5. nrhatch says:

      Just posted a link to this on FB . . . because I love Paraprosdokian Phrases.


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    7. Web Surf says:

      I love going for a walk in the garden with my wife. Now if only the collar wouldnt hurt so much when she pulls the leash !!

    8. shivers1231 says:

      Thanks for sharing, I got a laugh out of this 😀

    9. JLHartshorne says:

      The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

    10. Jack Kelly says:

      There is nothing more prodical than a Conservative with your money.

    11. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But, its still on my list..

    12. David says:

      When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the fire department usually uses water.

    13. Jon says:

      “In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has widely been regarded as a bad move” -Douglas Adams-

      Any ship can be used as a minesweeper… once.

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    15. sandro says:

      live life without no regrets and love whom ever u can because u only get to live and love once, enjoy life.

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