PARAPROSDOKIANS — WHAT ARE THEY?

Question

Winston Churchill loved them. They are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

1. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

2. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list.

5. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.

6. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

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

8. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

9. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station.


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