04:06:38 PM Jun 15th 2016
This trope page is confused. It's describing a special case of fallacies of equivocation, which involve changing definitions. The page quote is not a fallacy of equivocation. It's actually a perfect example of the formal fallacy of affirming the consequent. You can't reverse implications or treat them like biconditions. A implying B does not mean B implies A, hence why the syllogisms from Colbert lead to the comical conclusion that Stevie Wonder is God.
02:21:54 PM Nov 14th 2011
- In Much Ado About Nothing, this exchange between Benedick and Beatrice:
Beatrice: And yet, ere I go, let me go with that I came; which is, with knowing what hath passed between you and Claudio.
Benedick: Only foul words; and thereupon I will kiss thee.
Beatrice: Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; therefore I will depart unkissed.