I'd like to talk about one of my favorite things. Most people don't know them by name, but have certainly come across one or a thousand.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook know I have a serious, committed love affair with facts. I start every morning hunting down funny, shocking or informative tidbits to share with my peeps. But they're not my first love. Shhhh, don't tell them.
|Uh, they get a bit territorial.|
I adore witty or thought provoking quotes (mostly witty. With this mouth, there's not much room for thinking). Which brings me to my topic--paraprosdokian sentences. What the ever-loving mercy is that, you ask?
A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the second half of the sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.
|Nothing like a technical explanation to completely baffle me.|
How about some of my faves?
"People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." ~ Isaac Asimov.
"If all the girls who attended Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be surprised." -- Dorothy Parker.
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it." -- Groucho Marx
"She looks as though she's been poured into her clothes and forgot to say 'when'." -- P.G. Wodehouse.
"The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list."
"I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong."
"You don't need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice."
"You're never too old to learn something stupid."
These little ditties bring me much joy. It's to the point that if I can't get to my computer to scrounge up my fun facts in the morning, I turn into a real daisy.
*pokes in reader in the side* Get it? Paraprosdokian? Not what you'd expect?
|Yeah. We get it. Genius.|
So tell me, Scribettes, what lightens your day? What little thing brings you big joy?