A phrase or sentence that takes readers to an unexpected conclusion: The paraprosdokian prepares people to anticipate something; however, it ends with a surprisingly different meaning and it is usually humorous.
Paraprosdokians are also defined as figures of speech in which the last part of the sentences or phrases are contrary to what is normally expected.
Etymology: from Greek para-, "beyond" and prosdokia, "expectation"; prosdokia consists of pro-, "before" + dokein. "to think, to imagine, to expect".
Congress is the opposite of progress.
Consciousness is that annoying time between naps.
Contratemps are the resentments permanent workers feel toward "temp" workers.
Counterfeiters are workers who put kitchen cabinets together.
Dilate is someone who lives for a long time.
Diplomacy is the art of getting other people to do it your way.
Doctor: Someone who kills your ills with pills then kills you with bills.
Dogma is a mother dog with puppies.
Dust: mud with the juice squeezed out.
Eclipse: What a gardener does to a hedge.
Efficiency expert: A person smart enough to tell others how to run their businesses but who is too smart to start his or her own.
Eggs are the only food that comes naturally in no deposit, no-return, and in bio-degradable packaging.
Egotist: someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
Etc. is an abbreviation that sometimes makes others think you know more than you really do.
Every calendar's days are numbered.
There are no specific sources for these paraprosdokians because they come from so many places.