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I WUV PARAPROSDOKIANS

August 24, 2009

A paraprosdokian is a literary device wherein the meaning of the first part of the sentence is changed by the latter half.

Basically, you expect one thing, and then BAM – the sentence fucks your brain.

EXAMPLE:

"I haven’t slept for ten days, because that would be too long." – Mitch Hedberg

The first part of the sentence implies that Mitch has been awake for the past ten days, however the second part forces you to re-evaluate the first part to “I have never slept for ten days straight”.

EXAMPLE 2:

"I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat." – Will Rogers.

The first sentence seems to indicate that Will is not a member of a group, however the second sentence reveals that the key word was ‘organized’.

So, what does this mean? Not much. I just enjoy the way language can be abused in this way. Makes for clever humour that isn’t necessarily drowning in irony.

-Vyperchild