I love things that make me think, and make me laugh, so paraprosdokians – idioms or phrases which start with a well-known sentiment and then twist it around, usually in a funny way, are right up my street. The term paraprosdokian is Greek in origin, and basically means ‘against expectation’. My absolute favorite one is:
Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes – that way, when you do judge them, you’ll be a mile away, and you’ll have their shoes.
I also like this one:
To err is human – to really stuff things up, you need a computer.
I’ve searched around, and come up with a few other good ones, but I’d love it if you could add to the list in the comments. One randomly drawn commenter will win a $15 amazon gift voucher.
Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.
I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
Where there’s a will, there are relatives.
Give a man an inch and he thinks he’s a ruler.
I don’t engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.
I used to be conceited, but now I’m perfect.
Here are a few by some famous people:
“If I am reading this graph correctly — I’d be very surprised.” — Stephen Colber
“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.” — Groucho Marx
“She looks as though she’s been poured into her clothes, and forgot to say ‘when’.” — P. G. Wodehouse
“I like going to the park and watching the children run around because they don’t know I’m using blanks.” — Emo Philips
“A fool and his money are soon elected.” — Will Rogers
Now over to you, I’d love to hear what you think of paraprosdokians, or if you know a good one, please share it. I’ll draw the amazon gift voucher winner on Thursday morning.
Giveaway winner: Thanks to random.org, we have a winner. Well done to Barbara Elness – I’ll be in touch to let you know your amazon voucher is on its way.