I saw someone use this word before, but I cannot remember what it is. The word describes this scenario:

  1. Person A makes some points:

    This is 1st point. This is 2nd point. This is 3rd point.

  2. Person B refutes those points, often interleaving the original points:

    This is 1st point.

    1st point is wrong because reasons.

    This is 2nd point.

    2nd point is wrong because reasons.

    This is 3rd point.

    3rd point is wrong because reasons.

I remember reading a word or phrase that decribed Person B’s line-by-line response.


2 Answers 2



To rebut an argument line by line, especially on the Internet.

Named after journalist Robert Fisk. Originated in the blogosphere.



Blow-by-blow perhaps? Originally referred to detailed accounts in prize-fight broadcasts.


What you described is a rebuttal, or as ab2 pointed out a point-by-point rebuttal.

  • Cut and thrust? Oct 3, 2017 at 19:52
  • What you described is a rebuttal. Oct 3, 2017 at 20:24
  • 1
    @MikeJRamsey56 You might want to add "rebuttal" to your answer--I think it's the right word here.
    – Xanne
    Oct 4, 2017 at 6:59
  • 1
    +1, but I suggest you edit your answer to "point-by-point rebuttal." The OP isn't going to get a single word.
    – ab2
    Oct 4, 2017 at 20:29

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