Re: Stretching for a word here...

Subject: Re: Stretching for a word here...
From: Nora von Gerichten <wlg -at- pacificcoast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 11:14:48 -0800

As a logic buff who uses syllogisms all the time I would say the opposite is disorganized thoughts. Syllogisms are excellent in getting meaning across in many situations. The reader sees clearly the logic (meaning of logic: art of reason). In preparing a group of teens for their grade 12 provincial English exams we are working closely with the three major variations of syllogisms and lots with faulty logic. Good foundation stuff for analyzing content.


At 10:25 AM 2/19/02 -0800, you wrote:

This depends on context, but here's a possibility:

"dissyllogistic" to express the opposite of "syllogistic", which
charaterizes "syllogism". "Dissylogistic" would probably imply that
deductive reasoning was not employed. Here's Merriam-Webster's entry on

Main Entry: syl·lo·gism
Pronunciation: 'si-l&-"ji-z&m
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English silogisme, from Middle French, from Latin
syllogismus, from Greek syllogismos, from syllogizesthai to syllogize, from
syn- + logizesthai to calculate, from logos reckoning, word -- more at
Date: 14th century
1 : a deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a
minor premise and a conclusion (as in "every virtue is laudable; kindness is
a virtue; therefore kindness is laudable")
2 : a subtle, specious, or crafty argument
3 : deductive reasoning
- syl·lo·gis·tic /"si-l&-'jis-tik/ adjective
- syl·lo·gis·ti·cal·ly /-ti-k(&-)lE/ adverb

However, dissyllogistic doesn't have an entry, but that hasn't stopped
writers before. :)

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