Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A-Z Challenge P is for Paraprosdokians

Just a few lines to brighten up your day (and your writing, if you can think of any yourself).

Paraprosdokians are phrases in two parts, the second part being rather unusual to the first. (Whaaaat?) Oh, OK, I'll show you:

1. A clear conscience is a sign of a bad memory.
2. We never really grow up, we just learn how to act in public.
3. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Winston Churchill often used them:

  • If you are in hell, keep going.
  • (Clement Atlee) is a modest man who has much to be modest about.
And Groucho Marx:
  • I've had a wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.
  • The car stopped on a dime, which unfortunately was in a pedestrian's pocket.
  • I once shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in them, I'll never know.
You're very welcome to add any of your own :-)