Posted by: episystechpubs | July 5, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Figures of Speech – Paraprosdokians

Happy Friday! Today’s topic, paraporsdokians, is a suggestion from Robert in ImageCenter R&D.

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech where the end of a sentence or phrase is unexpected and causes the reader to reinterpret the first part.

Some examples are:

If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

Some people are like Slinkys®…not really good for anything, but you can’t help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs.

Evening news is where they being with “Good evening”, then they proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

When tempted to fight fire, remember that the fire department usually uses water.

Hospitality: Making your guests feel like they’re at home, even when you wish they were.

There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

For more paraprosdokian fun, click the following link:

Thanks for the suggestion Robert!

Thank you,

Jackie Solano

Technical Writer, Episys Technical Publications


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