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Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies

It’s hard to remember all the forms of invalid logical argument. Recently, I’ve seen several great guides on this subject. These are both amusing and highly instructive. Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies <- great quick reference. Also, you can order … Continue reading

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Advisor vs. Adviser

Which is correct: Advisor or Adviser? Doesn’t seem like there’s a clear winner. http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/agcomm/ontarget/0502/adviser_advisor.htm

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Metaphor, Simile and Analogy: What’s the difference?

http://www.copyblogger.com/metaphor-simile-and-analogy-what%E2%80%99s-the-difference/ ^— I thought this explanation was quite useful. I particularly liked this quote: “For fun, the next time someone corrects you and says “That’s a simile, not a metaphor,” you can respond by letting them know that a simile … Continue reading

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Lightning

Merriam-Webster Top-10 Favorite Word Quotations #4: Wit “Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.” – Dorothy Parker, interview in Paris Review, 1956 #5: The Smallest Ideas “He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas … Continue reading

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Ascribe vs. Imbue vs. Impute

Pop quiz vocab hotshots:   What’s the difference between these three words?   Ascribe Imbue Impute I had to look them up recently while reading though a whitepaper. As I expected, the author was incorrectly ascribing the semantics of the word impute … Continue reading

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Common Fallacies

John from work writes in IM: The Yankees beat the Red Sox, and Seattle beat the Yankees. So Seattle is better than the Red Sox? A few links I sent to John 🙂 Syllogism on Wikipedia Square of Opposition on … Continue reading

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