paraprosdokian

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek παρά (para, against) + προσδοκία (prosdokia, expectation).

NounEdit

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.
    "Where there's a will, I want to be in it" is a paraprosdokian.

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