Today’s word is a treat—a present, perhaps. Learning it was a pleasant surprise to me, anyway.
We all have heard paraprosdokians, but how many of us realized there was a word to actually define them?
Winston Churchill, Groucho Marx, Henny Youngman, and even Artistotle are credited with using them!
Learn something new every day, eh?
(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. 😉)
I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. 🙂
I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately, the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.
If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:
Deuces Wild (space opera)
The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)