Friday, April 23, 2010

Especially for the word nerds in the audience

Last night I shot an elephant in my pajamas.
How he got in my pajamas I'll never know.
— Groucho Marx

My friend Rachel recently dedicated part of a blog post to a form of wordplay called the paraprosdokian.

I like all sorts of wordplay, but there's something about this form I find really amusing (aside from its unpronounceable name). It probably has something to do with my early exposure to Groucho Marx, who was a master of it.

Writer Lyndsay Rush is also fond of paraprosdokians and uses them to dispense helpful advice:
  • Don’t put all your eggs in a basket, instead wait until they hatch into ducks and put them all in a row.
  • Roll with the punches, and the homies.
  • Keep your chin up, it makes you look skinnier in pictures.
  • Keep your eye on the prize — especially if it is hidden inside a piñata and you have a bat in your hand.
  • Live like there is no tomorrow, Sing as if no one can hear, Love like you have never been hurt, Dance as if the Macarena never went out of style. (Lyndsay may be a little obsessed with the Macarena.)
So I'd like to host another contest, to see who can come up with the best paraprosdokian.

As with last year's haiku contest, the prize will be a $5 gift card to Coldstone Creamery. (Hey, we may be on a tight budget here at mosaicsynapse, but we will always get behind a really good sundae. And then it will return the favor.)

Watch for contest instructions coming soon!



  1. I once was told to take a girl out, but I didn't have the heart to kill her.

    I was told that I was good in bed, but it turns out that I'm an insomniac.

  2. OK Dan... hope you remember your entries for when the contest actually starts! :)

  3. Dang. I thought it had started!


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