Wednesday, May 21, 2014

#142 / Change Is Inevitable...

My friend Bruce Bratton publishes a weekly column he calls Bratton Online; plus he does a lot of radio up at KZSC, including his Universal Grapevine

The Cruzio Internet  website has a description of what Bruce does, which states the following: 

Description: Santa Cruz's longest running opinion and news column. 33+ years. Featuring links, words, and clicks to local writings. Cartoons by Tim Eagan. Movie critiques, Santa Cruz History, opera, and lots of local political opinions. Subscribe for free.

I never fail to read Bratton Online, and I recommend it. You definitely can't beat the price! One of the reasons I especially like Bruce's column is those "words" that are mentioned in the Cruzio list. 

Vocabulary is a topic I can get pretty excited about, and since I have filled out thousands of blue cards with unusual words, and have faithfully filed them away for ready access, I am always delighted when I turn up a new one. Every once in a while, Bruce obliges my lust for vocabulary, and brings up a word that I have never heard of. That happened recently, in Bruce's April 23- 29, 2014 column. The word?


Don't be ashamed if you have never heard of it either. It's allied with the word "syllepsis," and even the word "Zeugma."

So what, exactly, is a paraprosdokian?

A paraprosdokian ( /pærəprɒsˈdoʊkiən/) is a kind of wordplay in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret an earlier part. A really good example where the word “right” changes meaning as the sentence is completed. For instance: 

War doesn’t determine who is right, only who is left.

And what about that picture (above)? Well, "change is inevitable, except from a vending machine."

I bet you are starting to get the idea!

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