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August 24, 2009

Thought-Terminating Cliché

Thought-terminating Cliché (via Kung Fu Grippe ) – Wonderful! The full definition is, “A thought-terminating cliché is a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissention or justifying fallacious […]

Thought-terminating Cliché (via Kung Fu Grippe ) – Wonderful! The full definition is,

“A thought-terminating cliché is a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissention or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating. Thought-terminating clichés are sometimes used during political discourse to enhance appeal or to shut down debate. In this setting, their usage can usually be classified as a logical fallacy.”

One to add to my lexicon!

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