One-Liner Wednesday — Lack of Agreement

“If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong”

I don’t know who said that, but it does sound like something Groucho Marx might have said. Because Groucho Marx was the master of the paraprosdokian sentence.

Say what?

Okay, let me tell you something you don’t know. A 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, often with comedic effect. Para is Greek for against, as in paradox or paranormal, and prosdokia is Greek for expectation.

I bet you didn’t know that, right?

Here are two more examples of paraprosdokian expressions:

Winston Churchill said, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing — after they have tried everything else.”

And according to Albert Einstein, “the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

Good stuff, huh?


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

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One-Liner Wednesday — Death and Horror

E82A676F-9B92-43AB-BED4-476CB6478312Before I present my one-liner for today, let me first confess that it’s actually a two-liner. Sorry for bending the rules a bit.

Let me also say that I’m quoting Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former Attorney General and former governor of New York. Sorry about that, too.

Anyway, here’s what Spitzer said:

Yes, people pull the trigger, but guns are the instrument of death. Gun control is necessary, and delay means more death and horror.

So why am I quoting Spitzer? Because I think what he expressed is a rational response to the NRA’s refrain that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

The only way to reduce the incidence of more death and horror from mass shootings like the one on Sunday night in Las Vegas is, as Spitzer said, to pass common sense gun control laws.

If a disgraced politician like Eliot Spitzer can see that, why can’t the Republicans in Congress, whose refrain is always “now is not the time” to talk about gun control. But delaying such a discussion means more death and horror.

Yet for Republican legislators, it seems that never is the only good time to talk about gun control.


Written for the One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Sincerity

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“Sincerity is the key to success. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

Groucho Marx

Okay, that’s actually two lines, but let’s not get technical, shall we?

For what it’s worth, I think Donald Trump is a master of fake sincerity, which may explain why, as Groucho suggested, he has it made. Well, until he gets impeached, that is.


Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.