History Main / SemanticSlipperySlopeFallacy

23rd Sep '15 4:14:55 PM nombretomado
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* This is also known as "Loki's Wager". In NorseMythology, [[MagnificentBastard Loki]] wagered that two Dwarven blacksmiths could not make a particular weapon and offered his head as collateral. When the Dwarves succeeded, they demanded Loki's head, but he made their claim irrelevant by stating that they had won ''only'' his head, and that since there is no clear line where the head ends and the neck begins, they could not take the former without also taking the latter. The term "Loki's Wager" has become used as an alternative name for this very fallacy.
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* This is also known as "Loki's Wager". In NorseMythology, Myth/NorseMythology, [[MagnificentBastard Loki]] wagered that two Dwarven blacksmiths could not make a particular weapon and offered his head as collateral. When the Dwarves succeeded, they demanded Loki's head, but he made their claim irrelevant by stating that they had won ''only'' his head, and that since there is no clear line where the head ends and the neck begins, they could not take the former without also taking the latter. The term "Loki's Wager" has become used as an alternative name for this very fallacy.
9th Jul '15 2:48:50 AM jormis29
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** The dwarves then proceed to sew Loki's mouth shut. The head was theirs, after all. Nothing in the deal about it having to be removed for that to happen.
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** The dwarves then proceed [[MouthStitchedShut to sew Loki's mouth shut.shut]]. The head was theirs, after all. Nothing in the deal about it having to be removed for that to happen.
8th Jul '15 2:11:48 PM dclark
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* This is used to save a character's life (and brutally screw over Shylock) in Shakespeare's Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice. It happens in a manner very similar to the Loki entry above: due to a wager between the two, Shylock is legally entitled to one pound of Antonio's flesh, and he intends to collect. Portia, disguised as a lawyer, manages to convince a court that Shylock can take the flesh, but can't take any blood without violating the agreement (and being punished with death). Worse, he can't simply back out, or he gets the same punishment.
17th Mar '15 2:55:32 PM DCC
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*Also called the Fallacy of the Beard. Exactly how many hairs does a man have to have on his chin before he has a beard? What's so special about that number that X hairs means he doesn't have a beard and X+1 means he does? So therefore you can't tell if a man has a beard or not! (Except you usually can at a glance, without much argument from anyone else.)
13th Mar '15 3:07:42 PM Hylarn
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::The Semantic Slippery Slope is a fallacy that occurs when someone argues that because there is no clear line between two concepts or because they "only" differ in degree, therefore either they are the same thing or neither exists at all.
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::The The Semantic Slippery Slope is a fallacy that occurs when someone argues that because there is no clear line between two concepts or because they "only" differ in degree, therefore either they are the same thing or neither exists at all.

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* Also related to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuum_fallacy Continuum Fallacy]].
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* Also related to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuum_fallacy Continuum Fallacy]].Fallacy]]. ----
13th Mar '15 9:47:47 AM KingZeal
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----* Also related to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuum_fallacy Continuum Fallacy]].
11th Mar '15 7:35:25 PM Ymirsdaughter
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** The dwarves then proceed to sew Loki's mouth shut.
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** The dwarves then proceed to sew Loki's mouth shut. The head was theirs, after all. Nothing in the deal about it having to be removed for that to happen.
13th Sep '14 2:18:04 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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*** No, because he wagered his whole head, not just half of it, so they had to take all of it.
15th Oct '13 7:30:37 AM SeptimusHeap
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Hottip cleanup
* Sometimes, you get [[{{Yandere}} an]] [[ClingyJealousGirl intimate]] [[CrazyJealousGuy partner]] (or a religious ideology) who believes that so much as ''looking'' at an attractive member of the opposite sex that isn't them [[hottip:*: (or same sex, depending on the relationship)]] is the same as climbing into bed with that person and thus [[YourCheatingHeart cheating]].
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* Sometimes, you get [[{{Yandere}} an]] [[ClingyJealousGirl intimate]] [[CrazyJealousGuy partner]] (or a religious ideology) who believes that so much as ''looking'' at an attractive member of the opposite sex that isn't them [[hottip:*: [[note]] (or same sex, depending on the relationship)]] relationship)[[/note]] is the same as climbing into bed with that person and thus [[YourCheatingHeart cheating]].
28th Sep '13 9:46:28 AM MsChibi
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* Sometimes, you get [[{{Yandere}} an]] [[ClingyJealousGirl intimate]] [[CrazyJealousGuy partner]] (or a religious ideology) who believes that so much as ''looking'' at an attractive member of the opposite sex that isn't them [[hottip:*: (or same sex, depending on the relationship)]] is the same as climbing into bed with that person and thus [[YourCheatingHeart cheating]].
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