This tidbit came my way this morning…not only did I learn a new word, but its meaning.
Paraprosdokians are figures 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 examples:
Where’s there’s a will, I want to be in it.
If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit…wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put DOCTOR.
And my own paraprosdokian is this…living is for learning; I want to learn how to live.