Paraprosdokians

in actnearn •  2 months ago 

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anti-climax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.
Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a syllepsis. - Wikipedia

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It's the weekend. Time to relax, have some fun, have a laugh. Here's a selection of paraprosdokians to help you get started. May your weekend be filled with laughter.

Husbands are the best people to share secrets with. They’ll never tell anyone, because they aren’t listening! - Unknown

If the cup is only half full ... I suggest you buy a smaller bra. - Aunty Acid

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire. - Unknown

Teamwork is essential – it allows you to blame someone else. - Unknown

Many people will laugh at the drop of a hat, especially if the man is still in it. - Evan Esar

I’m very close to my dad. He’s about six inches away right now and snoring in my ears. - Jarod Kintz

There is nobody as irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. - Don Herold

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. - Albert Einstein

Never believe anything until it has been officially denied. - Claud Cockburn

Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry – and the world laughs harder. - Evan Esar

If at first you don’t succeed, blame your parents. - Marcelene Cox

I’m not as dumb as you look. - Unknown

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