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!

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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.

      Cheers!

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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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