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What the Tweet!? Write Funny One-Liners, Paraprosdokians, Quotations and Aphorisms for Twitter

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"This is not a book to be lightly cast aside. It should be hurled with great force." - Dorothy Parker Groucho Marx said: "Making predictions is hard, especially if you are talking about the future." While we can't predict how successful you're going to be, we do know that phenomenal one-liners, extraordinary paraprosdokians, beguiling quotations and amazing aphorisms can a ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Bookshaker
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Nov 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I won this book as part of a goodreads giveaway, unfortunately I have not gotten it yet.
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Marketers, Social Media Promoters
Before starting to read this book, I have to acknowledge it's visual appeal: I love all the different colors of text on the front and back covers. It gives the book a playful feel before you begin to read.

I quickly realized that I would want to have a highlighter on hand to draw attention to specific quotes and passages that I'd like to remember in the future.

Like the paraprosdokians of the subject matter, this book defied my expectations for it -- in a good way. I had originally thought it to b
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: aspiring comedians, social media mavens, writers needing a funny punch line
Shelves: humor
I finally received this book after weeks of waiting (and marking it us unreceived), so I can finally review it.

What the tweet is very good, but the title is misleading. As another reviewer has noted, the book spends and inordinate amount of time discussing the psychology of humor and it doesn't discuss Twitter, and social media, until the final chapter.

However, that's what will make this book timeless. Humor is timeless, jokes are timeless, and some of the best zingers are timeless. The examples
Ronald Roseborough
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
This is a fun filled, entertaining book that attempts to tell us how to communicate most effectively on Twitter. The key it seems is to use humor and most especially paraprosdokians. Try looking that one up in your dictionary. Better to use examples, which is what the book does. How about, "A fool and his money are soon elected" or "Never leave until tomorrow what you can easily forget right now". Paraprosdokians take common place sayings or beliefs and twist them to make us laugh or think. The ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun and informative... this is a great combination and describes "What the Tweet!?" In the title is a word that I am sure most people have not heard of: paraprosdokians. I believe the authors define this well in their own words: PARAPROSDOKIAN – A paraprosdokian ( /pærəprɒsˈdoʊkiən/) is wordplay where 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 “righ ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
What the Tweet!? Write Funny One-Liners, Paraprosdokians, "Quotations" and Aphorisms for Twitter
I was very pleased when I received this book from, because at last I could find out what a paraprosdokian is! - and if you want to know, you'll have to get your own copy.
This book is full of witticisms with several chuckles to every page.
It is best read a small section every day, rather than straight through from cover to cover. It also makes one think about humour and how and why it wor
Neil Higgins
Oct 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Oh dear. I really wanted to like this book, but they lost me on the first chapter. This consists of an overlong discussion of paraprosdokians, a term the authors seem intent on cramming down our throats in an effort to make it stick. We then move on to quasi-scientific discussions on the nature of humour, peppered liberally with quotes from the great and the good. Not quotes from Twitter, though; depite the title of the book
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Anyone familiar with the internet knows that a tweet can get lost in amidst the chatter. What is someone to do if they want their voice to be heard? Check out this book to find ways to make yourself heard amongst all of the noise, how to make your words stand out and make people laugh or think.

I love words and the quirks of the English language. So this book was fun for me to browse. It isn't a "reading" book. But it's packed full of information about how to speak to people and making every wor
Patricia Bergman
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it

I won this book through Goodreads.

I thought this book was going to be trite and cute with suggestions for clever tweets. Not so! This was actually a book of interesting information about the psychology of humor and how it has been applied throughout history and it's use today by various well known characters. The word "paraprosdokian" was introduced as a device to interject humor or a thought provoking statement to drive home a point. The final chapter discusses how the reader can apply this to
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

An examination of how humour functions, with a particular focus on a type of joke called the paraprosdokian. A paraprosdokian involves an unexpected turn of events or phrase, such that part of the humour is the surprise of the change of direction. This type of humour is well suited to Twitter in that it is relatively short. However, only the final chapter really examines social media. More recommended fo
Mark Allen
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
A Goodreads win.
Academically presented with clear references and interesting background on the word 'paraprosdokians', this doesn't disguide the fact that this is little more than a book of humurous quotations. Nothing wrong with that but it is priced at £10 for 170 odd pages, including index. I would much prefer that this book was extended to allow the knowledgeable authors the chance to expand on the meaning and history of wordplay and create a valid academic text, but it does seem that this b
Rachel Astles
I got a copy through Goodreads First Reads. The title of this book doesn't properly describe it's content in my opinion. I was expecting something more boring that tried to force everything into the context of twitter and other social media. I was pleased when my initial impression was wrong. It's a fun book whose main content is organized witticisms that was more stimulating than a collection of quotes would be expected to be.
Jason Lewis
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-won
A humorous book with different zingers that have been used in the twitter world, this book also provides insight behind and usage of different lines posted on people's twitter accounts. Funny and entertaining, more of a consistent read-through versus my expectation of simple random one-liners.
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, humor
I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book discusses humor with lots of examples of short quotes, the sort that would fit in 140-character tweets. It was fun to read. I would give it 3 1/2 stars.
Linda G Johns
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
a really clever and fun book to read. Enjoyed it a lot.
Joseph Rohde
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Won this book as a First Reads giveaway. Funny, interesting book on the nature of humour and how it can be used as a vehicle for serious purposes.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I thought it would be a tutorial on writing funny and inspiring tweets. instead, it's a compilation of funny and inspiring tweets already in the Twitter sphere.
Sofie Roberts
I won this book as part of a goodreads-first-reads giveaway! Review to come as soon as I receive and read it!
Kera Price
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Wendy Jamieson-price
fun and sassy book for any twitter fans, my daughter will love this a great stocking filler
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Got this as a Goodreads giveaway. It had some interesting things to say. I'm a fan of one-liners.
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