Bafflement Logic

Didja ever get into a heated discussion with someone and try to use a clever metaphor or analogy to make your point…but totally screw it up?

Yeah, me neither…

Okay, I’m lying.  Especially when there are copious amounts is a little sip or two of alcohol involved.

When I visited the Boy Child* a few months back, we had quite a few interesting discussions**.  In one, we were arguing opposite sides of a point which I’ve long ago forgotten.  The banter went back and forth.  And I became aware that I was losing the argument.

This, I could not allow.

Out of some dank and dark recess of my mind, I struggled to find an argument winner.  And the best I could come up with?

GnuKid:  Yeah?  Well just remember — there is no “I” in “We”.

Boy Child:  <blink… blink… blink… >

Yep, shut him right up.  Leaving him speechless, I gave a proper “harumph” and walked away.

If you can’t win with logic and brilliance, confuse the hell out of them with pseudo-logical absurdities.

...and I like it that way...

...and I like it that way...


*Yes, I know I still owe stories about that trip.

**Yes, I will be sharing one of those discussion at a later time…I’m working up to it.

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10 Responses to “Bafflement Logic”

  1. silverstar98121 Says:

    I think you’ve got the “baffle them with bullshit” part down. Now you need to look into your logic mode.

  2. nursemyra Says:

    have you seen the new star trek film yet?

  3. daisyfae Says:

    response: “Oh, but there’s totally a ‘me’ in ‘team’, but it’s just scrambled, so there…”

  4. hisqueen Says:

    I see you and the boy both have the same
    issue. must be hereditary.
    I think I’ll use that fine “I in We” line on my hubby next time we have a fight..though I may forget by then since we just don’t fight very often.
    Daisyfae…you make me wish I was still employeed so I could use that in one of my old committee meetings.

  5. Stephanie of Stopbouncing Says:

    there’s also no “we” in “Shut-up, I’m your father, let me have this one moment of glory”.

  6. Sassy Miss P Says:

    Ah, the old pater familias line. My dad tries this every now and again, but unfortunately has raised his sprogs as independent, argumentative and sassy. Last time it was over a game of Scrabble, where he laid out a triple word score word – and was challenged because it was spelt wrong. After much argument we consulted the OED. His response – they spelt it wrong …

  7. The Unbearable Banishment Says:

    His eye shadow is the wrong shade. It’s illogical.

  8. kyknoord Says:

    But there can be wee in eye – especially when you’ve had a few.

  9. Dolce Says:

    @ Kyk > *gag* and you know this how?

    Gnu….logic and alcohol don’t mix…you’re officially off the hook!

  10. thegnukid Says:

    silverstar – i refuse to exhibit logic. you do it once and it will be expected of you time after time. can’t have that…

    nursemyra – nope… i have a tenuous stubbornness to the earlier versions. i will see this eventually, but am clinging to my memories of awe at the originals.

    daisyfae – ah, shit, see? now you’re getting all logical on me. i need to go wash my brain out with scotch.

    hisqueen – yep, he’s definitely my kid in the obtuse thinking department. and, since alcohol was likely involved, it just made it all the more absurd.

    stephanie – HA! love that one. you win! and i am definitely ripping that one off to use on either of my progeny.

    UB – (see nursemyra? i can be taught) i’ve often wondered about that. but, since Vulcan blood is green, i suppose… oh, wait, did i just reveal my inner nerd by knowing the blood is green due to the copper base instead…. damn… did it again!

    kyknoord – whoa! good thing we had at least one less than a few… wouldn’t want that to happen.

    dolce – whew! finally, some exoneration! thank you. i will be able to sleep tonight.

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