Fallacies Found in Everyday Language

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Fallacies Fallacies occur when the premises fail to support the conclusion in an argument. Typical fallacies are found in everyday language, talking to family and friends, news articles, radio and talk shows, and discussions on blog web sites. Most people do not recognize fallacies in everyday language, even though, they try to reason correctly when they have arguments. Fallacies make the arguments invalid because they change the meaning of the argument. A first grader was put on a three day suspension from school for sexual harassment because he was singing the song, "Sexy and I Know It." (Staff, 2012) The first grader liked to sing and was singing the song. The school claimed it was sexual harassment because it was offensive behavior and disrupted the learning of other students. This could be rewritten into the following syllogism: A first grader was singing a song. Offensive behavior is sexual harassment. Therefore, singing a song is sexual harassment. A logical error with this syllogism is the fact that singing a song and offensive behavior is actually two classes, not the same class. It is a pattern of mistake in logical reasoning. "On the page, Simplexity explains that it passes commissions it receives from cellphone network operators on to consumers and why it must recover the commissions if consumers cancel service." (Dscount Cellphone sites com with double dose of terminations fee, hassles, 2012) The cellphones are sold to consumers at a discount with a
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