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Help me find the word I mean which is on the tip of my tongue, please?

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TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 26-Sep-12 11:43:47

I KNOW there's a term for this, and it's eluding me this morning.

Suppose you give an example to illustrate a point, but the things you choose to use as examples are obviously stupid. For example, if I'm trying to explain gravity to a child, and I say that the earth exerts a pull, so that if an ironing board is thrown in the air by a quantity surveyor, it is as though lots and lots of little wasps are pulling it back to the floor.

Does anyone know what I mean? And what is the word or the kind of argument I'm talking about? PLEASE!


TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 26-Sep-12 11:56:04

Yeah, but specifically one with odd or dissonant comparisons....?

Timeforabiscuit Wed 26-Sep-12 12:01:33

Are you talking about a malaprop?

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 26-Sep-12 12:27:15

No, that's just using the wrong word that sounds similar, isn't it? Comparisons are odorous etc.

HeathRobinson Wed 26-Sep-12 13:03:52

Poor analogy?

TheOriginalSteamingNit Wed 26-Sep-12 13:05:25

Oh gosh, sorry I'm being a pain and not explaing myself well: the analogy is fine, but the examples used are odd or dissonant. Ie., why ironing board, why accountant....?

Probably there just isn't a word!

HeathRobinson Wed 26-Sep-12 13:10:07

Weird analogy. wink

TheLaineyWayIsEssex Wed 26-Sep-12 13:23:04

not hyperbole?
<knows nothing of grammar and English>

choccyp1g Wed 26-Sep-12 13:27:06

Mixed metaphor?

monkeymushroom Wed 26-Sep-12 14:59:13

Far-fetched analogy?

Asinine Wed 26-Sep-12 15:05:37

Hmmm, Mixed metaphor? Really a mixed analogy....

Flimflammery Wed 26-Sep-12 15:15:02

straw man argument? where you deliberately use a weak example of your opponent's point of view so that you can attack it

squeaver Wed 26-Sep-12 15:16:20

I can only think of poor analogy but your example isn't a poor analogy, it;s just a bit odd.

bunnysmummy Wed 26-Sep-12 15:43:47

I think you mean an informal fallacy, which can be broken down into various categories and this would be maybe a false analogy. You'll need to look into logic and reasoning there loads of different terms for this kind of thing.

somebloke123 Wed 26-Sep-12 16:33:03

Spurious analogy?

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