Friday, June 10, 2011

Examples of paraprosdokian figure of speech

Definition:
A paraprosdokian (pronounced /pærəprɒsˈdoʊki.ən/) 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 anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.
A paraprosdokian sentence consists of two parts where the first is a figure of speech and the second an intriguing variation of the first.

Examples:

*  Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
*  If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.
*  Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand at the edge of a pool and throw fish to them.
  You don't need a parachute to skydive, but you do need one to skydive again.
*  Hospitality is making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.
*  Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.
*   You're never too old to learn something stupid.

Never argue with an idiot. People will not know the difference.

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