paraprosdokian

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English[edit]

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Examples

"Where there's a will, I want to be in it."
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it."

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek παρά (pará, against) + προσδοκία (prosdokía, expectation).

Noun[edit]

paraprosdokian (plural paraprosdokians)

  1. Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.

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