Paraprosdokian is not an Armenian writer or football coach but a figure of speech characterized by an abrupt change of direction at the end. It is a phrase that intentionally leads us down the garden path, that misleads us into thinking one way, then suddenly ending on an unexpected twist. Stand-up comedians who like one-liners use lots of them because the setup and punchline are all in a single line.
Here are some examples that we've gathered from variouis sources. If we didn't include your favorite, please send it to us via our Contact Pageand we will give it our full consideration.