A new word for the “exotic” niche of my vocabulary: Paraprosdokian. Winston Churchill loved this kind of wordplay where the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret an earlier part. Comedians use them all the time. Enjoy these examples.
1. War does not determine who is right — only who is left.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright
until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to behave in public.
6. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
7. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is
9. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and
harder for me to find one.
10. You do not need a parachute to skydive; you do need a parachute to