All posts tagged: Paraprosdokians

Write On, Wednesday: Paraprosdokians

By Leslie Lindsay Seems I missed the boat yesterday. I was all pumped up to start a new “column” and then….I was hit with some book launch-related weirdness that needed my time and energy.  So, my apologies.  And this is sort of a lame post today…but well, it’s one of those days.  I recieved the following as an email about a year ago (!!).  Take it for what is: a way to loosen up when the writing world feels makes you feel like your skin is tissue paper-thin. (Oh!  This just in:  From Caroline Levitt’s blog today, Wednesday April 18th:  Author Erika Lutz shares her views on writing…or not  http://carolineleavittville.blogspot.com/2012/04/erika-lutz-sublime-author-of-edge-of.html) Here goes some musings for us word-nerds: I had to look up the word paraprosdokian . Here is the definition: “It 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.” Paraprosdokians are frequently used in a humorous situation.  “Where …