Bloomberg Image: Victims of the Aug. 21 chemical attack on a Damascus suburb
Few hours ago, we learned that President Obama urged military action against Syrian targets to confront their menace. Reminds me of a paraprosdokian:
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but they also play on the double meaning of a particular word. Few more for you to tickle your brain:
- Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
- Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, Notify:, I put 'DOCTOR'.
- Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
- You do not need a parachute to sky dive. You only need a parachute to sky dive twice.
- I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure..
- To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit "the target."
- I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one.
Still have some more time to spend?
Check out a related posting link:
Beyond the Sunday School: Paraprosdokian