Paraprosdokian Sentences

September 20th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

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.

For example:

“I want to die like my father, quietly, in his sleep—not screaming and
terrified like his passengers.”

Or anything ever uttered by former President George W. Bush.

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One Response to “Paraprosdokian Sentences”

  1. Eating, loving, singing and pooping are, in actuality, the four acts of the mirthful opera known as the freshness, and they pass like bubbles of a grit of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a entire fool.

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