Understanding Fallacies

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Fallacy of Ambiguity

Accent

The emphasis on a word or phrase suggests a meaning contrary to what the sentence actually says

Example

  1. It would be illegal to give away free beer!
  2. The first mate, seeking revenge on the captain, wrote in his journal, "The Captain was sober today." (He suggests, by his emphasis, that the Captain is usually drunk. From Copi, p. 117)

Reference

(Copi and Cohen: 115)

Reference Guide
Fallacy Summary

The content of this Fallacy originated from Stephen Downes Guide to Logical Fallacies.

 

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