An argument which is deceptively false using disgustingly obvious faulty reasons. (a Japanese noun)
He-Rikutsu is translated in Japanese-English dictionaries as “quibble” or “sophism”, but neither of these words seems to capture the full feeling that I know in the Japanese of a very distasteful, repugnant sort of arguing style, thus I offered you the above superior definition. HeRikutus is a ripe and disgusting word!
In this post’s picture you can see that this Japanese word is made of three ideograms (KanJi) :
- The first character, “He” (pronounced the same as the “he” in “head”), means “fart“.
- The last two characters, “Ri” + “Kutsu”, combine to mean “logic“.
Just like farts, some people generate this sort of logic without effort or forethought, while others do it intentionally, almost making an art of it. But inevitably, we all let them slip out occasionally.
Examples of Fart Logic:
- Parental Religious Fart Logic : why do you send your kids to church?
- Where do you sit in church? : rationalizations avoiding the truth
- The Real Reason Christians Believe : Holy Spirit fart logic of Christian apologist William Craig
- Wack-a-Creationist : chasing around endless nonsense
- A Blogger’s Holiday Card: send a picture of yourself, damn it!
- Word!: a list of other posts I have done on specific words