Sunday, February 1, 2015

Modi sings! A skeleton sings! And just what are paraprosdokians?

Last month's state visit by US President Obama to India led to a "let's be best partners" bonhomie between him and Indian Prime Minister Modi:

So what better than a cheeky video clip to capture that ebullient mood:

Modi sings 'America se aaya mera dost', welcomes Obama


Another unusual song-and-dance act is this one...

Skeleton puppet dances the Twist


Finally, I have just learnt that quite a number of the witty one-liners I have been putting on this blog are called...


paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or re-interpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.

The link above gives 37 examples.

There are 10 in this other listing:

No comments:

Post a Comment