Who got that vocab?! of the week: Paraprosdokian
A paraprosdokian (pronounced /pærəprɒsˈdoʊki.ən/) 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. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.
"I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it." —Groucho Marx


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Posted: June 15th, 2011
at 6:36pm by Black Ock

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