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Some time ago I read about a word that was coined to describe when someone uses a "common sense" style rhetoric to attempt to stifle or shut down further discussion on a topic, but I cannot recall what that word was.

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It is a thought-terminating cliché [1].

I was incorrect about it being a single word.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought-terminating_clich%C3%A9

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I'd say most cliches are thought-terminating, though. That's why they're cliche. –  Jack Ryan Aug 23 '13 at 11:19
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this particular tactical fallacy comes under the broad category of sophism or sophistry if a single word is required to describe it.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sophism?s=t

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"Moot"? As in, "this is a moot point; there's no point of continuing the discussion".

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I remember that it's a coined term, not one I would expect to be found in an any conventional English dictionary. The phenomenon describes a person's attempts to make the discussion moot, however it is done by repeating a rhetorical and often emotionally-charged phrase that's easily defensible and difficult to attack without taking on the baggage of a stance against the emotional charge. –  Zikes Aug 19 '13 at 17:27
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