Friday, November 26, 2010

Paraprosdokian Sentences

Gentle Reader: Don't you just love them?

Or are you like Apprentice Writer and had to google 'paraprosdokian'? It means figure of speech with unexpected ending.


'Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.'

'The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.'

'I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.'

'Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.'

'I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with 'Guess' on it, so I said 'Implants?' '



Rachel said...

I used to think I wasn't ambitious but now I know it is simply in my practical nature to be the second mouse. Yum, cheese!

Very fun!

M. said...

Rachel - 'practical nature' is an excellent way of positivizing 'not ambitious'! Hee

Rachel said...

Well, not ambitious but certainly mildly clever. ;)

Did I ever recommend N.K. Jemisin? I can't remember how much you like non-urban fantasy but you might try The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. It's the first of a trilogy. I liked it a lot. I've just read the second book which I didn't think was as good but still alright.