A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.I ran across some examples at Maggie's Farm this morning, and that got me
searching for more. Reading through a few dozen of these was a very pleasant
way to burn a few minutes! A few I particularly enjoyed:
If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
You're never too old to learn something stupid.
Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.
I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.
Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.