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Don't Say Fallacy When You Mean Lie

We live in a complicated time. Populism, “post-truth”, whatever you want to call it, with the information boom that the Internet has created, it’s easier than ever to spread misinformation, whether accidentally or on purpose. And for some time now, a lot of people have been warning about certain misinformation, sometimes with messages telling us to be careful not to use or believe certain “fallacies”.

But, what is a fallacy? Fallacy is a complicated word. It’s one of those words that you know but can’t really define. Most people associate “fallacy” with “falsehood”. They sound alike, and they’re apparently used as synonyms, so people have started using them interchangeably. But this, incidentally, is false.

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