Sunday, October 06, 2002

vaara gives us a new word!

Glennuendo (n.): The act of drawing a darkly ominous inference from an opponent's failure to discuss a political issue.

This technique was pioneered by Glenn Reynolds, and is therefore named in his honor.

UPDATE: nick sweeney chimes in with:

Disinglennuousness: the practice of saying, after the fact, that just because you linked to something outrageous with 'THIS IS INTERESTING' or 'EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS', you don't necessarily agree with the linked sentiments, their having been exposed as utter pig-bollocks.

Hey, this is fun! Let's not just pick on Glenn, however. There are so many bloggers with amsuingly transparent rhetorical tricks who can inspire us to make up some funny new words.

More submissions from Jesse from Pandagon:

ad hankering: (v.) The practice of accusing anyone who disagrees with you of ad hominem attacks, even if what they said had nothing whatsoever to do with an ad hominem.

den Beste ex machina (n.) . The creation of a fake political movement such as Transnational Progressivism that has virtually no basis in reality in order to disparage ideological opponents.

And, from the "other side" comes Flippy, with:

Atriosphy: The wasting away of the ability to make a coherent, serious argument from the left-wing position

Only time will tell which one of these new words enters into common usage...