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  •  You need a new dictionary. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 05:32:05 AM PDT

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    •  There's an excellent discussion of "straw man" (5+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron, ccyd, ksheahan, Laconic Lib, DBunn

      in Wikipedia. The origins are unclear.

      One common folk etymology is that it refers to men who stood outside courthouses with a straw in their shoe in order to indicate their willingness to be a false witness.
      Wikipedia says the term was first included in a textbook in 1956:Guides to Straight Thinking but was not included in the classic 1970 text Fallacies. Wikipedia points out that "the technique has been used throughout history in polemical debate, particularly in arguments about highly charged, emotional issues," and Aristotle appears to have been concerned about it.

      The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

      by ybruti on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 07:37:56 AM PDT

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