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What's wrong with semantic arguments?

airmax1227
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8/4/2013 5:08:35 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
There's nothing inherently wrong with them. But if someone is intentionally obsessing over the meaning of words in an effort to ignore the spirit of what is intended in a debate it will often be viewed as poor form.
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8/4/2013 8:59:01 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
It's simply committing to a path that risks complete irrelevance.
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8/4/2013 10:28:19 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I say essentially nothing.

Of course, like airmax said, you can argue a semantic argument is abusive, or harms the education of the debate, etc.
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8/4/2013 10:39:44 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Debaters should punish all mistakes by the other debater. If the other debater leaves something open for punishment, whether it is in the resolution or whether it is a large point from their arguments, it is your duty as a debater to punish that.

That being said, I don't usually do it so much with defining words as with ambiguity of the other debater.
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8/4/2013 11:48:16 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Well if you go for a semantic argument it could take away from the original focus of the debate. Then in the end you're debating something different than what you started.
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8/4/2013 12:27:57 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 8/4/2013 11:48:16 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
Well if you go for a semantic argument it could take away from the original focus of the debate. Then in the end you're debating something different than what you started.

Which is the first rule in how to troll a debate :D
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8/4/2013 12:45:48 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 8/4/2013 12:27:57 PM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
At 8/4/2013 11:48:16 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
Well if you go for a semantic argument it could take away from the original focus of the debate. Then in the end you're debating something different than what you started.

Which is the first rule in how to troll a debate :D

Meh, that's more bench's style. I prefer making good points and then sugarcoating them with fart jokes.
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8/4/2013 1:01:35 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 8/4/2013 12:45:48 PM, MassiveDump wrote:
At 8/4/2013 12:27:57 PM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
At 8/4/2013 11:48:16 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
Well if you go for a semantic argument it could take away from the original focus of the debate. Then in the end you're debating something different than what you started.

Which is the first rule in how to troll a debate :D

Meh, that's more bench's style.

dam straight ;D

I prefer making good points and then sugarcoating them with fart jokes.
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8/4/2013 1:26:27 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I love debating debates pending on a word. It's makes it more fun for manpulation.
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8/4/2013 2:11:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 8/4/2013 4:33:43 AM, GOP wrote:
What's wrong with them?

It depends on how you define "wrong".
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