Grammar Giggles from The Editing Hall: Weekend Word Warrior

Weekend Word Warrior: PARAPROSDOKIAN. A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. Got a favorite?

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Now, go forth among the your people and impart this amazing knowledge. Make up or few of your own or have a glass or two of your favorite beverage and try to say “paraprosdikians” 10 times really faster. Betting the former will be easier!

 

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