Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Paraprosdokian

I'm linking with Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday and this week the letter is 'P'.
Paraprosdokian - try saying that fast three times!  This is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected.
Some examples:
* Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
* War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
* To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
* If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
And, guess which famous figure loved paraprosdokians?

Winston Churchill
(web source)

16 comments:

  1. Now that is a new one for me - a word I've never encountered. Good for you - good word!

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  2. This is a new word for me too. I loved trying to say it.

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  3. That is a new word and I love it. I could say it after three tries. LOL

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  4. A new word for me too but I love your examples. This would be a great writing exercise. I will share with the Gardener, he is a fan of WC...maybe he knows this from reading the bios.

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  5. Hi Judith, I was not familiar with that word. A very interesting post!
    Hugs, Beth

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  6. I have never heard that word before but have heard those quotes

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  7. Wow, that's quite a mouthful. Very interesting -- thanks for teaching me a new word.

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  8. A new word for me. I love learning new words. Great post for letter P.

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  9. I love this word, Judith. Gosh, I have learned something new today. Really fun.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Barb

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  10. OMG!!!! Your Post is so Perfect! I will Post Paraprosdokian in a Prominent Place so I will never forget it!!!

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  11. Well, I certainly learned something new to start off my day! "Paraprosdokian" never even heard the word before. I do LOVE them, though & it takes a really sharp mind to come up with them.

    Thanks for educating me & yes, I'll be back for tea on Tuesday. *wink*

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  12. I had to laugh at the plagiarism/research quote~ how apt! Great p word :)

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  13. That was cool! I didn't know that! Thanks for enlightening us.

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  14. Bit late this week visiting from Mrs Matlock’s,

    Did enjoy your *P* post – so apt!

    Look forward to *seeing* you again soon!

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  15. I'm not sure why but that picture of Churchill made me laugh!

    It reminded me of the crabby look my husband gets sometimes!

    I don't know this word!

    I love when I learn something new!

    Thanks for linking up.

    A+

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