Thursday, February 21, 2013

Paraprosdokian: Don't you just love Satire When Employed in the Art of teaching ?

credit: Britely
Wikipedia: Paraprosdokian
"A paraprosdokian (pron.: /pærəprɒsˈdoʊkiən/) 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. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.[1] Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but they also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a form of syllepsis."
Enjoy!

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way,
so I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than
standing in a garage makes you a car.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list.

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong. (I have to remember this one)

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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

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

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

Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people
to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted pay checks.

A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.

Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says
"In an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR".    

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars,
but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president
and 50 for Miss America ?

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. (I also have to remember this one)

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

A diplomat/politician is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you
will look forward to the trip.

Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a
great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

I always take life with a grain of salt, plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.

You're never too old to learn something stupid.
 
To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

3 comments:

  1. Love all of these! Truth spoken in a humorous way seems easier to accept somehow, and not so awful to hear. Hehe.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yeah, I love the humor as well, aside from some teaching points that can be incorporated when explaining something.

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  2. I agree with the Career comment. It would be nice to just have the pay check.

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