Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ah, this.

“[Many female] professionals find themselves expected to do what Pamela Bettis and Natalie G. Adams, in an unpublished paper, call ‘nice work’: being attentive and approachable in ways that are often time-consuming and compulsory for women but optional for men.”

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Paraprosdokian

“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 reframe or reinterpret the first part.”

Examples:

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.

I like going to the park and watching the children run around because they don’t know I’m using blanks.

More at Wikipedia.

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Lollipop lady

In Britain, a school crossing guard is called a lollipop lady, after the lollipop-shaped sign she carries.

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