Laughter, the Best Medicine
PARAPROSDOKIAN A sentence or phrase that ends in an unexpected way. For instance:
‘I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.’
‘Hospitality is making your guests feel as if they’re at home, even if you wish they were.’
PORTMANTEAU A clever word created by blending two other words. Some examples:
An individual who continues talking on the phone so as to be rude to others: cellfish.
When you buy a bag of crisps thinking that it will be full but it turns out to be mostly air: chiptease.
MONDEGREEN A famous lyric that is often misheard. Two favourites:
Actual lyric from the Rolling Stones song ‘Beast of Burden’: ‘I’ll never be your beast of burden.’ Mondegreen: ‘I’ll never leave your pizza burning.’
Actual lyric from the Elton John song ‘Tiny Dancer’: ‘Hold me closer, tiny dancer.’ Mondegreen: ‘Hold me
closer, Tony Danza.’
APTRONYM A name that is perfectly suited to its owner; think the poet William Wordsworth. Some more real examples: A US lawyer is blessed with a name that strikes fear in the hearts of her opponents: Sue Yoo. A hunter in the US was shot in the foot after his dog stepped on his shotgun. The dog’s name: Trigger.
SPOONERISM A humorous reversal of sounds in two words. Examples:
‘Don’t put all your begs in one ask it.’
‘Psychologist: a person who pulls habits out of rats.’
‘Go and shake a tower’ for ‘Go and take a shower’.