I do not think it means what you think it means.

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One of my favourite forum quotes is "I'm sure someone, somewhere is impressed by reductio ad absurdums, but you won't find them here."

Kind of sums up the whole place, really.

I don't speak a word of Latin, incidentally, but I do know formal logic.

Aaargh! Even if it was used in the proper context, "reductio ad absurdums" made my eyes bleed. D8

Why? Is it because of the s?

That, and the fact that it's pluralising the wrong word. It's effectively saying "reduction to the absurds" rather than "reductions to the absurd".

And yes, "reductio ad Hitlerum" is the best name for a fallacy ever. Not to mention a very useful one when it comes to heated internet debates. :)

And to think I'd only ever heard of Godwin's Law. Reductio ad Hitlerum is awesome!

Dude, put the TvTropes links behind a cut or something! I was planning to get some stuff done this evening...

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