Monday 23 November 2020


 A sentence with a surprise ending is called a paraprosdokian.  Here are couple of examples...

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it."   Groucho Marx  

"If you can' t think  of anything nice and kind to say about anyone - why, do come and sit beside me."  Alice Roosevelt Longworth

"If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I should not be at all surprised."  Dorothy Parker


  1. I'd use it all the time if I could believe that I might ever be able to pronounce it.

  2. Seeing your blog come up on my dash board this morning was a nice surprise! I hope you and yours are reasonably well.

  3. Indeed, it takes a clever person to come up with these sentences. Hope you are doing well.

  4. Those are wonderful sentences, and I learned a new word to describe them, IF I can remember it, that is.

  5. Not sure I've ever heard that word. (On the other hand, I'm not sure I'll remember it tomorrow...)


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