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Sep
5
awarded  Teacher
Sep
4
comment Arguable (“susceptible to doubt”) vs arguable (“susceptible to being supported”)
As Brian said, you need to rely on context. A court case that is arguable is obviously in doubt (because it hasn't been decided), but at least rises to the level of credibility that it wouldn't be laughed out of court. Likewise, saying that Carl Lewis is the greatest Olympian may be open to doubt, but it at least isn't prima facie ridiculous, like saying Eddie the Eagle is the greatest Olympian.
Sep
3
comment Word to describe this specific kind of irrational reasoning
I think this questions is more about psychology and sociology than it is about vocabulary. I could possibly come up with a word or phrase that might describe this underlying mindset, but then we could have a nice argument about whether that concept was really at the root of this mindset.
Sep
3
answered What would you call a psychological tool that does more than diagnose?
Sep
3
comment The use of “have”: “have a map on it” and “have a colony in the country”
+1 Peter Shor. Saying the colony is in this and in that is confusing.
Sep
3
answered Correct punctuation in company names
Sep
2
comment Is there a name for someone who calls someone else what he himself is?
"pot calling the kettle black" is close, but both pot and kettle are, in fact, black, so it doesn't seem like a bang-on match. I'm not aware of this being an accepted term, but I am going to propose calling this phenomenon the Pee-Wee Herman Fallacy, as in, "I know you are, but what am I?"
Aug
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