Paraprosdokian is a derivative of a Greek word, which means beyond expectation. It is a wordplay type of literary device. Its final part of a phrase or sentence is unexpected. Its unexpected or surprised shift in meaning appears at the end of a stanza, series, sentence or paragraph.


  • Dorothy Parker: “If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.”
  • Winston Churchill: “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing—after they have tried everything else
  • Albert Einstein: “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
  • Andretti: “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
  • Zsa zsa Gabore: “He taught me housekeeping; when I divorce I keep the house.