Logical fallacies are the first thing I look for while reading a personal essay or other kind of persuasive writing. Where are the holes in their logic? Why do I feel oddly squeamish reading that ridiculous question they've rhetorically posed? Why am I losing respect for this author so quickly and suddenly?!
LOGICAL FALLACIES. Hate 'em.
And the worst part? I use them. Sometimes. When I'm not paying attention. When I'm too passionate to notice.
What is a logical fallacy, by definition? Well, it's a misleading or unsound argument, buuuuuut.....it's typically based off of a bit of logic. It can make any essayist, writer, or politician sound childish in trying to legitimize their argument.
It's okay. If that didn't make sense, here are some examples, and a link to my favorite website with an alphabetical listing of each one. Start looking for them in your reading this weekend!
A link to The MASTER LIST of Logical Fallacies.