The Paraprosdokian Day Thread (Jan 9)

“Take my wife – please!”

This hallowed one-liner is an example of a paraprosdokian. Growing from the Greek words meaning “beyond” and “expectation”, a paraprosdokian can be termed as an unexpected turn at the end of a sentence or phrase which changes the intention of what has just been said. Along with clever wordplay, this subversion of meaning has been long used by the best comedians and satirists and Henny Youngman.

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“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.”

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“I haven’t slept for ten days, because that would be too long.”

Have a great day, Avocado!