What is a Paraprosdokian?


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.

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