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Paraprosdokians - what you always wanted to know

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MawB Tue 26-Nov-19 09:30:50

Paraprosdokians are figure of speech where the latter part of the phrase is humorously surprising or unexpected and causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.

Bathsheba Tue 26-Nov-19 09:45:51

I wondered why the ball appeared to be getting larger - then it hit me.

Some bring happiness wherever they go; others whenever they leave.

You don't need a parachute to skydive. You only need it to skydive twice.

sodapop Tue 26-Nov-19 11:55:18

That's a new word for me Maw just have to find a way of introducing it into conversation now.
Great examples Bathsheba

Baggs Tue 26-Nov-19 12:46:38

My dad's favourite one was:

If a thing's worth doing, it's worth doing badly.

Callistemon Tue 26-Nov-19 12:55:45

That's DH's motto Baggs - hoping to get out of being asked to do the same task again grin

Callistemon Tue 26-Nov-19 12:59:30

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.

Baggs Thu 28-Nov-19 12:51:59

There is that interpretation, callis, but my dad mainly used it to encourage people to try to do something they didn't think they'd be any good at. You'll never know till you try and, in any case, if you like, say, playing football then you should play football even if you're not very good at it.

Callistemon Thu 28-Nov-19 12:57:38

It usually means the washing up Baggs!

Baggs Thu 28-Nov-19 15:32:15