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truthseeker613
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4/21/2011 12:25:05 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
which is preferable to use in debate "you" or "my opponent" or "pro/con"? I personally usually use the 1st option until the final round I switch to the 2nd. I would like to hear the opinion of others.
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4/21/2011 12:27:22 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 4/21/2011 12:25:05 AM, truthseeker613 wrote:
which is preferable to use in debate "you" or "my opponent" or "pro/con"? I personally usually use the 1st option until the final round I switch to the 2nd. I would like to hear the opinion of others.

I refer to my opponent as "My Opponent" (would you believe it?) and refer to the debaters as "Pro/Con" when I'm doing RFDs.
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4/21/2011 12:29:18 AM
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The word "you" is awkward because when a voter reads the debate, it feels like reading a conversation between two people that he or she is not involved in. I use "Pro/Con," "my opponent," or my opponent's username. The conversation of the debate is directed at the observer and not at the opponent.
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4/21/2011 1:33:53 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 4/21/2011 12:25:05 AM, truthseeker613 wrote:
which is preferable to use in debate "you" or "my opponent" or "pro/con"? I personally usually use the 1st option until the final round I switch to the 2nd. I would like to hear the opinion of others.

Most of the time I'll say "my opponent." Sometimes I'll say Pro or Con. If I'm feeling overly competitive, I'll say "my antagonist." If I'm feeling fancy, I'll say "my interlocutor." If I'm really trying to drive a point home, I'll refer to my opponent directly by using his or her username.
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4/21/2011 10:10:42 AM
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Either "My opponent" or "Pro/Con," but not "you." In a debate the arguments are being attacked, not the person, so it's best to keep a distance as much as possible. Some here actually use the opponent name. That's poor etiquette.
Freeman
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4/21/2011 12:25:53 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 4/21/2011 10:10:42 AM, RoyLatham wrote:
Either "My opponent" or "Pro/Con," but not "you." In a debate the arguments are being attacked, not the person, so it's best to keep a distance as much as possible. Some here actually use the opponent name. That's poor etiquette.

In every live debate I've ever participated in (or have seen), people use their opponent's name. When I say "live" I mean in person. ---->

Why do you think it's poor etiquette?

If you don't use the other person's name, it's almost as if you're talking past the other person. That's at least how I think about it.

"You" is just syntactically incorrect.
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4/21/2011 12:28:19 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 4/21/2011 12:27:22 AM, tvellalott wrote:
At 4/21/2011 12:25:05 AM, truthseeker613 wrote:
which is preferable to use in debate "you" or "my opponent" or "pro/con"? I personally usually use the 1st option until the final round I switch to the 2nd. I would like to hear the opinion of others.

I refer to my opponent as "My Opponent" (would you believe it?) and refer to the debaters as "Pro/Con" when I'm doing RFDs.

Ditto.
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Freeman
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4/21/2011 12:43:40 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Here's a good example of poor etiquette. --->

He should have just said "Obama." It was too impersonal and distant. He was talking past Obama.
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4/21/2011 12:47:35 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 4/21/2011 12:43:40 PM, Freeman wrote:
Here's a good example of poor etiquette. --->

He should have just said "Obama." It was too impersonal and distant. He was talking past Obama.

I remember that, it was so funny how so many jumped up yelling "RACISM!"
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4/21/2011 1:00:06 PM
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At 4/21/2011 12:47:35 PM, OreEle wrote:
I remember that, it was so funny how so many jumped up yelling "RACISM!"

I don't think John McCain is a racist, he's just....an idiot.
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4/30/2011 1:16:18 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
"That one" sounds cool. I will try using it in my debate :)
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