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    Default Reasoning in a circle

    Here i go again with kind of a tricky sentence (for me, of course)

    "Is this reasoning in a circle or is it reasoning in a circle"

    I get the meaning of the second part, a circular argumentation, but the first part... I need some help to get the pun.

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    Default Re: Reasoning in a circle

    Quote Originally Posted by jiho View Post
    Here i go again with kind of a tricky sentence (for me, of course)

    "Is this reasoning in a circle or is it reasoning in a circle"

    I get the meaning of the second part, a circular argumentation, but the first part... I need some help to get the pun.

    Thanks to all
    I think this should end in a question mark, and it is a sarcastic comment on an unresolvable argument. It is a way of expressing contempt for a situation.

    "Is this a farce or is it a farce?" is something I have heard said about bad traffic control. The sarcasm can be emphasised with an expletive in from of the second noun: "Is this a farce or is it a **** farce?"

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    Default Re: Reasoning in a circle

    Hi Anglika,

    You are quite right, it does end in a question mark, i just lost it in the typing...

    Well i think i got the point thanks to your advice.

    Thank you again, you all are very helpful!

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    Default Re: Reasoning in a circle

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    [COLOR=Blue]...It is a way of expressing contempt for a situation.

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    But I'd say that it was also a way of presenting an incontrovertible argument: "Am I right or am I right?"

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