Words Worth: Paraprosdokians – 20170724

I must admit that I am a punster. I enjoy a good pun and perhaps even a not-so-good pun and I am often the originator of puns much to the groans of my friends and relatives.

Since I find word play interesting and entertaining, I thought I would bring JBRish readers a few Paraprosdokians to “enjoy.”

A paraprosdokian is a form wordplay or literary device. It is a phrase or sentence that ends in an unexpected way which causes readers to reinterpret the opening phrase or sentence of a text. Often, it is used to create comic effect. Some paraprosdokians change the meaning of an initial phrase, and play on the double meanings of the words.

Simply put, a paraprosdokian is a linguistic U-turn that results in humor or surprise.

Source: Literary Devices and Terms

Today’s Paraprosdokians


  • Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a bottle of water.

  • Take my advice — I’m not using it.

  • Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they’re at home when you wish they were.

  • Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?

  • I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.

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