Paraprosdokians

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As editors used to say, here is an item that I received “over the transom.”

Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected, and are frequently humorous.

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

2. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

3. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list.

4. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

5. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

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

7. War does not determine who is right—only who is left.

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

9. I…

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