Papaprosdokians, A figure of speech


These are a figure of speech in which the last part of a sentence or phrase can surprise or be unexpected.  They could be used in a funny situation, and you may find you will read the first part again.

1.  I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

2. I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

3. I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.

4. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

5. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

6. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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

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

9. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

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

11. Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening,’ and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

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

13. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

14. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted pay checks.

15. Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’

16.      I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

17. 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.

18. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

19. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

20. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

21. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

22. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

23. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

24. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

25. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

26. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

27. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

28. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

29. A diplomat is someone who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.

30. Hospitality is making your guests feel at home even when you wish they were.

31. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

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

33. You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.

34. The car stopped on a dime, which unfortunately was in a pedestrian’s pocket.

35. If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child?

36. Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars but check when you say the paint is wet?

37. Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America.

38.  I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.

39.  I haven’t slept for ten days, because that would be too long.

40.  If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

41.   If I am reading this graph correctly — I’d be very surprised.


34 responses to “Papaprosdokians, A figure of speech

  1. ‘Papaprosdokians’ is definitely a new word on me – even rushed to the dictionary (because I’m nerdy like that) and it’s not in mine! I obviously need a new one. Great fun post even if no.20 & no.35 are the same and ironic how they refer to doing something twice – LOL!!

  2. Re 20 and 35; Now I’m confused – what has skydiving got to do with having children? 😀 ;-d x

  3. These are so funny my friend. Brilliant, in fact! 😀

  4. Too funny!! Those are great. That’s a new word for me too. Papapro… whatever.

  5. Hi dribblingpensioner

    You learn something new every day, and forget about it at night.
    (just trying to make a papaprosdokians) When I read the title, I thought it was about a new Greek Minister of FInance.
    I love the lines and I will copy them to my laptopdesk to reread 🙂 Thank you very much for sharing!

  6. Ok Ina, it does look like a Greek name 🙂

  7. So funny. I never knew what this was called thnkx.

  8. LOL these are so comical!!! nice blog!

  9. Love these…the one about dying in my sleep is one of my favourites.

  10. Brilliant!

    I love “If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong” !


  11. loved these…it made my morning….I almost spit my coffee thru my nose at one point………almost!!!…….love these kind of humor things….did not know they actually had a name….learn something new everyday…and forget it that night!!! 🙂

  12. superb lesson.dp… thank god I found that word when I googled it before I read your post… your post was much better than wiki!!!
    thanks very much…

  13. BuddhaKat, thanks very much and thank you for visiting, call back again.

  14. Hell yes, I’m going to find an excuse to use this word today! It’s great to see you stuck with your blog, by the way!

  15. Rare word, and a lot of things to learn in your post. Thanks! 🙂

  16. Hi Harry,
    Just wonderful, I love them all and so true!!


  17. Thanks, Harry! It’s nice to put a name (albeit one I can’t pronounce) to this clever writing style. As you know, I love this type of humorous writing.

  18. This is my first visit. Good stuff. Many of these are of the “sad but true” variety… the one on war. Did you do these, or find them somewhere? Very clever in any event. Thanks!

    • chlost, thanks for visiting, i saw the word somewhere, wrote it down and did a search, so that’s how the post came about 🙂 I’ll call into your site soon its mid-night here 🙂 hope you enjoy my posts.

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