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Coming from my answer to question Is there a better noun form of “unreasonable” than “unreasonableness?”

What does it mean when someone calls himself "non sequitur"?


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Please take the time to read your question, then you will note that the answer is right there in the last line. – RegDwigнt Mar 7 '11 at 16:09
Given that the question in your update is in no sense clear from context, or in any other way related to the basic stream-of-question as far as I can see, it is a perfect example of a non-sequitur. – user1579 Mar 7 '11 at 17:23
Further to the perfectly correct answers below, it's worth pointing out that someone who describes themselves as non sequitur is probably worth avoiding. They are akin to the person who describes themselves as wacky or crazy, and their attempts to demonstrate this are generally contrived and irritating. Anyone whose train of thought is genuinely unpredictable would lack the insight to describe themselves as non sequitur - it's a catch 22. – naughtilus Jul 15 '14 at 9:41
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They are trying to give you the expectation that things they say will have no connection to anything that other people are saying, nor even anything that they themselves have previously said. If some folks are talking about their favorite cheese, Mr. Non-Sequitur will feel free to barge in and say something like "I want the sun for my pet." Which has absolutely nothing to do with cheese or anything else that anyone was saying; it's completely random and unconnected. If someone then asks why he wants the sun for a pet, Mr. Non-Sequitur will be perfectly happy to "explain" by saying something like "It's a good day for making snow forts in my basement." (Which, again, is totally unrelated, random, and rather nonsensical.)

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But it is a very bizarre usage, given that in English 'non sequitur' is perceived as a noun (except I guess in this very particular usage (which is totally new to me). – Mitch Apr 2 '11 at 17:19

They're using it as a synonym for senseless or random.

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