For context:

This term or phrase is what it's called when a person (very often used in political debates) will try to take the rarest occurrence of any particular topic and present it as if it's the common practice in order to drive or support their argument. I would liken it to something like "anomaly argument" (except, not completely made up lol). I'll know it when I hear it but for the life of me, I just can't think of it. I hope my poor context helps just a little bit.


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Thank you for all the suggestion. I was watching TV today and finally heard someone say it to remind me! The word was : anecdotal

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    Unless you add a supporting reference showing a clear connection between 'anecdotal' and 'when a person tries to represent the rarest scenario as the most common', Will, I'm afraid this answer might be downvoted. 'Anecdotal' evidence is (like this answer) not supported by valid statistics/references, and so supports what may or may not be a true claim. There may be a lot of evidence that could be mentioned; 'anecdotal' means 'presented lacking convincing evidence' not 'there is no convincing evidence available'. The scenario mentioned could be common. Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 16:30

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