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Word of the day: paraprosdokian

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Old 02-02-2012, 08:30 AM
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Word of the day: paraprosdokian

Unlike my last word of the day which was, for all tense and purposes macabre, this one is pretty fun. I got this in an email and copying it in it's entirety.

PARAPROSDOKIANS: (Winston Churchill loved them!)

I had to look up "paraprosdokian". Here is the definition: "Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation." "Where there's a will, I want to be in it," is a type of paraprosdokian.

Here are some more

1. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.

3. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left..

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. Evening news is where they begin with 'Good Evening,' and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR.'

13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

18. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

19. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

20. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

21. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

23. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

25. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:02 PM
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Re: Word of the day: paraprosdokian

I thought this had something to do with the Kardashians... ;-)
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Re: Word of the day: paraprosdokian

Love it and stealing it, too..... :-)
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Re: Word of the day: paraprosdokian

How about this: "The Kardashians are very paraprosdokian"-!
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:37 AM
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Re: Word of the day: paraprosdokian

Not only stealing, but returning with a new one:
“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.” Winston S. Churchill
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Re: Word of the day: paraprosdokian

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PARAPROSDOKIANS: (Winston Churchill loved them!)

I had to look up "paraprosdokian". Here is the definition: "Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation." "Where there's a will, I want to be in it," is a type of paraprosdokian.
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I hadn't ever heard of the word that describes these - thanks, Lyle. I love your examples and have heard most of them but not all - thanks again !


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Not only stealing, but returning with a new one:
“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.” Winston S. Churchill
Another good one, and I'm with you, amica - STEALING !!
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