Another Figure of Speech

rogersgeorge on March 2nd, 2017

Some time ago I posted a series about figures of speech, which I invite you to check out if you like. Recently I ran into another figure of speech, called paraprosdokian. It’s Greek for something like “given against and alongside.”

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence is unexpected and oft times very humorous.

I got a list of them from a contributor to a motorcycle enthusiast list I belong to. (Thank you, Joe Dille, for sharing.) I’m sorry, I don’t know where he got the list.

Here are a few:

–     If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they’d eventually find me very attractive.
–     A man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation toward the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.
–     My wife and I were happy for twenty years; then we met.
–     Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they’re at home when you wish they were.
–     Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
–     He who laughs last thinks slowest.
–     Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type.
–     If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
–     Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep.
–     Money is the root of all wealth.

If you’re brave, see if you can think up a few and share in the comments.

PS. Wouldn’t you know, I just ran into an example of paraprosdokian in a comic, Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler:

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One Response to “Another Figure of Speech”

  1. Valerie (the wife)March 2nd, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I don’t usually comment but these are some of my favorite things to read so thank you for posting this😊. This also proves that I DO read your posts!

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