Funny Paraprosdokians - nope, they're not people

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  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    As someone wrote, it sounds more like a population (like Paraguans) or something Robin would say as in, "Holy Paraprosdokian, Batman!"
    But, from wikipedia: 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... frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect. Some not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a syllepsis.

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  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    The car stopped on a dime, which unfortunately was in a pedestrian’s pocket.”

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  3. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    Very funny.