Paraprosdokians

Paraprosdokians

A paraprosdokian (according to Wikipedia) 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. Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but they also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a form of syllepsis.

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

I like going to the park and watching the children run around … because they don’t know I’m using blanks. (Emo Philips) 

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

You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing … after they have tried everything else. (Winston Churchill)

I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ … I put ‘DOCTOR’.

If I am reading this graph correctly … I’d be very surprised. (Stephen Colbert)

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

I don’t belong to an organized political party. I’m a Democrat. (Will Rogers)

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it. (Groucho Marx)

You’re never too old to learn …something stupid.

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English Reading Test

English Reading Test

Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake.

The average person can’t do it.

This is this cat.
This is is cat.
This is how cat.
This is to cat.
This is keep cat.
This is a cat.
This is dumbass cat.
This is busy cat.
This is for cat.
This is forty cat.
This is seconds cat.

Now go back and read the third word in each line from the top down and see if you can resist passing along the URL for this page to all your friends.

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10 Words that don 't exist, but should

10 Words that don’t exist

1. AQUADEXTROUS (ak wa deks’trus) adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub tap on and off with your toes.

2. CARPERPETUATION (kar’pur pet u a shun) n. The act, when vacuuming,of running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times,reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance.

3. DISCONFECT (dis kon fekt’) v. To sterilize the piece of confection(lolly) you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, assuming this will somehow ‘remove’ all the germs.

4. ELBONICS (el bon’iks) n. The actions of two people maneuvering for one armrest in a movie theater.

5. FRUST (frust) n. The small line of debris that refuses to be swept onto the dust pan and keeps backing a person across the room until he finally decides to give up and sweep it under the rug.

6. LACTOMANGULATION (lak’ to man gyu lay’ shun) n. Manhandling the”open here” spout on a milk container so badly that one has to resort to the ‘illegal’ side.

7. PEPPIER (peph ee ay’) n. The waiter at a fancy restaurant whose sole purpose seems to be walking around asking diners if they want fresh ground pepper.

8. PHONESIA (fo nee’ zhuh) n. The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.

9. PUPKUS (pup’kus) n. The moist residue left on a window after a dog presses its nose to it.

10. TELECRASTINATION (tel e kras tin ay’ shun) n. The act of always letting the phone ring at least twice before you pick it up, even when you’re only six inches away.

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