A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles
PARAPROSDOKIAN
 [noun]
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 humourous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists. Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but they also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a form of syllepsis.
Examples:
"You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing—after they have tried everything else." —Winston Churchill
"On his feet he wore…blisters." —Aristotle
"I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it." —Groucho Marx
"I sleep eight hours a day and at least ten at night." —Bill Hicks
“I can’t come to work today because I’m sick……of working.” —Australian Comedian

Etymology: “Paraprosdokian” comes from Greek “παρά”, meaning “against” and “προσδοκία”, meaning “expectation”. Canadian linguist and etymology author William Gordon Casselman argues that, while the word is now in wide circulation, “paraprosdokian” (or “paraprosdokia”) is not a term of classical (or mediaeval) Greek or Latin rhetoric, but a late 20th-century neologism.
[René Magritte - The Unexpected Answer]

PARAPROSDOKIAN

 [noun]

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 humourous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists. Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but they also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a form of syllepsis.

Examples:

"You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing—after they have tried everything else." —Winston Churchill

"On his feet he wore…blisters." —Aristotle

"I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it." —Groucho Marx

"I sleep eight hours a day and at least ten at night." —Bill Hicks

“I can’t come to work today because I’m sick……of working.” —Australian Comedian

Etymology: “Paraprosdokian” comes from Greek “παρά”, meaning “against” and “προσδοκία”, meaning “expectation”. Canadian linguist and etymology author William Gordon Casselman argues that, while the word is now in wide circulation, “paraprosdokian” (or “paraprosdokia”) is not a term of classical (or mediaeval) Greek or Latin rhetoric, but a late 20th-century neologism.

[René Magritte - The Unexpected Answer]

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