paraprosdokian, paraprosdokia

(Greek: beyond expectations; surprise endings; a pun which is fun)

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".

Experience is the name we give to the mistakes we make.
Giraffiti is vandalism spray-painted very, very high, such as on an overpass.
Going to church doesn't make a person a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes him or her a car.
Handicap is a ready-to-use hat.
I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
I used to be indecisive; but now, I'm not so sure.
I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
If you ever get on a passenger place and recognize a friend named Jack, don't shout "Hi Jack!"
In democracy, your vote counts; while in feudalism, your count votes.
In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify..." I answered "a doctor".
Intense is where campers sleep.
Jury: Twelve people who too often determine which client has the best lawyer.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Left bank: What the robber did when his bag was full of loot.

There are no specific sources for these paraprosdokians because they come from so many places.