What’s a “paraprosdokian”?

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Sir Winston Churchill apparently loved a good paraprosdokian. Do you know what that is?

First, the word’s definition:

“A figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected”  

Here’s a classic example of a paraprosdokian from Sir Winston: “If you are going through hell, keep going!”  And here are 20 more non-Churchill paraprosdokians: Continue reading