Posted by: Jodi | April 9, 2010
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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