Communication

From Ad Hominem to Weasel Wording

At a delightful New Year’s Day party in North Oakland, I met Don Lindsay, a technology professional and skeptic whose website includes A List of Fallacious Arguments. The list starts with Ad Hominem (attacking the speaker instead of the argument: “Well, but everyone knows he’s a liberal apologist.”) and ends with Weasel Wording (similar to euphemism: “It’s not a war, it’s a police activity.”).

Don also has written the succinct essay “Why Do Favors?” Reading it will cheer you up after you’ve come to grips with the fallacious arguments.

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