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|Subject:||Ad Hominem and Insult|
|Question:||Hello. Recently I was arguing with somebody over whether or not Ad Hominem is synonymous with insult since the person I was talking with used them interchangeably. My reasoning was that Ad Hominem is a fallacy meant to denote a fallacious reasoning associated with attacking a person. The person in question told me that any linguist would agree that ''semantic flexibility'' makes his use of Ad Hominem to mean 'insult' is valid. Is this true? Are Ad Hominem and insult interchangeable?|
|Reply:||No; not all ad hominem statements are insults, and not all insults engage in ad hominem claims.|
|Reply From:||James Vandenbosch click here to access email|