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Best Semantics Arguments

Valtarov
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7/14/2010 11:13:17 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
What's the funniest semantic argument you've ran into.

Here's mine: at an LD debate camp, I forgot to define nuclear weapons as Aff. Neg then defined nuclear weapons as sewing machines.
"We are half-hearted creatures,
fooling about with drink and sex and
ambition when infinite joy is offered us,
like an ignorant child who wants to go on
making mud pies in a slum because he
cannot imagine what is meant by the offer
of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily
pleased."—C.S. Lewis, "The Weight of Glory"
Cerebral_Narcissist
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7/14/2010 11:52:11 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/14/2010 11:13:17 AM, Valtarov wrote:
What's the funniest semantic argument you've ran into.

Here's mine: at an LD debate camp, I forgot to define nuclear weapons as Aff. Neg then defined nuclear weapons as sewing machines.

That is actually allowed in real academic debates? Unless there was a make of sewing machine called 'nuclear weapons' that should not be valid.

Funny though.
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Freeman
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7/14/2010 10:41:22 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Best that I've seen: http://www.debate.org...
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Korashk
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7/14/2010 11:13:14 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Here's one I did:
http://www.debate.org...

And these two by Nails, quite possibly the greatest semantic victories ever schieved on this site:
http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...
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