A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse 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. –from Wikipedia

Ten Paraprosdokians to Tickle Your Brain

  1. There there is a will. I want to be in it.
  2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you; but it’s still on my list.
  3. Since light travels faster than sound, 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 that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom in not putting it in a fruit salad.
  8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
  9. I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was blaming you.
  10. In filling out an application, where it says “In case of emergency notify,” I put “Doctor.”

Thanks to Rebecca Wilson Parry for sharing this on Facebook.