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Questions tagged [paraprosdokian]
Figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence is surprisingly unexpected, and causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.
What's the meaning of "spit" in the following statement?
I believe in a good laugh, a day's fishing, a bit of gardening. I was very proud of my old greenhouse, made out of my own spit and faith. ...
Nov 19, 2017 at 8:55
In the sci.math newsgroup ca. 23 Mar 2013, in thread Subject: Re: math formulae?, I saw the following:
> >"Is the tournment liken to a bridge tournment? The problem is vague.
> > As ...
Apr 1, 2013 at 17:37
I was reading the wiki page about paraprosdokians and I don't understand why the phrase:
Take my wife – please!
is classified as one.
Mar 14, 2013 at 15:22
It is a supposedly witty paraprosdokian said by Churchill. But I (and possibly some other people whose first language is not English) don't get it. Can someone explain what it means? Do English native ...
Apr 21, 2011 at 10:12
Comedians seem to use phrases that employ this type of sentence structure - is there a name for it?
Examples of Groucho Marx's one liners seem to fit this pattern — and if memory serves, Emo Philips. ...
Mar 3, 2011 at 18:49
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