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On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 1:40 PM, Wm Annis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 10:54 AM, And Rosta <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> So the Ayn Rand is one of those mystifications that by describing the
>> natural and obvious in an unnatural way creates the illusion of something
>> exotic, remarkable or deeply significant.
>
> Right.  The argumentum ad nivem (which term I derive from the
> supposed "snow" vocabulary in whatever the hell language people
> mean when they say "Eskimo").

I think it was one of the guys at Language Log who coined the term
"linguification" to describe this rhetorical trope or logical fallacy,
drawing broad conclusions about national character from trivial (if
not wrong) facts of grammar or lexicon.

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Jim Henry
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