“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” An aposiopesis version is:
“So, an aposiopesis walks into a——but I’d best not mention that here.”
The joke was posted on Twitter on December 1, 2011. The simple “An aposiopesis walks into a...” was posted in the newsgroup alt.usage.english on November 23, 2011/
Aposiopesis (/ˌæpəsaɪ.əˈpiːsɪs/; Classical Greek: ἀποσιώπησις, “becoming silent") is a figure of speech wherein a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished, the ending to be supplied by the imagination, giving an impression of unwillingness or inability to continue. An example would be the threat “Get out, or else—!” This device often portrays its users as overcome with passion (fear, anger, excitement) or modesty. To mark the occurrence of aposiopesis with punctuation, an em dash (—) or an ellipsis (…) may be used.
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An anacoluthon walks into a bar, is how this joke starts.
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So, an aposiopesis walks into a——but I’d best not mention that here.
7:23 PM - 1 Dec 2011
(August 19, 2012 is the date that Google has, although it doesn’t appear on the page.—ed.)
8. So, an aposiopesis walks into a——but I’d best not mention that here.
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