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Friday, 26 November 2010


This was sent to me by a friend, I have no idea where he got it from, but it is really worth sharing. Every one of these puts a different slant on things we all say ...

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which 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 the first part. Check out the following for examples:

Ø If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.

Ø I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

Ø Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Ø I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

Ø War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Ø To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

Ø I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Ø Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but always check when you say the paint is wet?

Ø Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Ø You do not need a parachute to skydive. You definitely need a parachute to skydive twice.

Ø The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some darned good ideas!

Ø Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

Ø To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

Ø Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Ø Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent! I'm stealing a couple for future use.