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Paraprosdokian? What is that?

Paraprosdokian sentences? 

A paraprosdokian  is a figure of speech where 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 mainly used for humorous or dramatic  effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax.

Here are a few paraprosdokian

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

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and
beat you with experience.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear
bright until you hear them speak.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many
is research.

Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

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

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the
cheese.

Evening news is where they begin with “Good evening”, and then
proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a
train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

Famous people use or used paraprosdokians too.

He was at his best when the going was good.” —Alistair Cooke on the Duke of Windsor

“If I could say a few words, I’d be a better public speaker.” —Homer Simpson

“If I am reading this graph correctly — I’d be very surprised.” —Stephen Colbert

“She looks as though she’s been poured into her clothes, and forgot to say ‘when’.” —P.G. Wodehouse

“If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.” —Dorothy Parker

“I sleep eight hours a day and at least ten at night.” — Bill Hicks

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.” —Groucho Marx

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