What the heck is a paraprosdokian?

This was sent to me by an old friend, Diane Stephen, from the WPWU Ryze group.

Winston ChurchillA paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. Winston Churchill loved them, here are a few to whet your whistle!


1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.



2 thoughts on “What the heck is a paraprosdokian?

  1. Glad you were able to use this. It was certainly a new word for me when I received it. I can’t imagine using it in conversation, though, can you? I would probably trip over the pronunciation if I tried. 🙂


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