Paraprosdokian, from the Greek for “beyond expectation,” is a wordplay in which the end of a phrase is an unexpected twist, used for humorous or dramatic effect. Popular among comedians, paraprosdokians were famously loved by Winston Churchill. Here are a few:
- Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
- I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
- You don’t need a parachute to skydive. You need a parachute to skydive twice.
- Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
– Katie Betz, The SWFL 100