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Paraprosdokian: refers to a figure of speech that contains a surprising or unexpected ending i.e. the famous Groucho Marx phrase, “I've had a perfectly wonderful evening but this wasn't it.
Peebles: What do you feed a paraprosdokian?
Many famous people use paraprosdokians, too. Winston Churchill was well known for his paraprosdokians. Here's a famous Churchill quote: “You can always count on Americans doing the right thing -- after they've tried everything else.
List of 20 Paraprosdokians: Sentences with a twist
Used for humorous or dramatic effect, 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 re-frame or re-interpret the first part.
Paraprosdokian phrases for life, and retailing today
Perhaps it is not too surprising from the spelling to learn that paraprosdokian is derived from Greek words meaning "beyond" and "expectation." A paraprosdokian phrase is a figure of speech or a phrase that starts with something common or accepted, and ...
Room review – to see the world within four walls
'Somehow, Ma has made this living hell a fairytale': Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Room. Photograph: StudioCanal. Mark Kermode, Observer film critic.

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