Paraprosdokian

14 Sep

Anyone that knows my youngest son knows he has an interesting sense of humour.  While he will have a giggle at ten year old boy stuff (boys are gross), I caught him giggling away at an email I received.  It turns out they must have originally come from this site.

A paraprosdokian sentence is a figure of speech n which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or re-interpret the first part.

Here are some of my favourites:

  1. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
  2. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
  3. I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
  4. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
  5. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.
  6. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  7. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
  8. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  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 didn’t say it was your fault; I said I was blaming you.
  12. The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

And if you want to enrich your word power try this site.

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3 Responses to “Paraprosdokian”

  1. rosi coyle September 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    aden is such cool kid 🙂 xx

    Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 06:45:35 +0000 To: rosicoyle@hotmail.com

    • Kylie September 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

      Definitely makes me laugh. He asked me if he had anything edible in his lunchbox one day. I told him I packed rocks.

  2. MRS S September 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Very good Aden … I wonder if he has made up any of his own ??

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