Key Phrases in Internet Slap Fights


What is said on the internet is not necessarily what it means.

If they ask you to agree to disagree: They are losing this debate quite badly and want to leave without having to reevaluate their position or admit they were wrong.

If they concentrate on semantic nitpicking at the expense of discussing your actual point: They don’t have a meaningful argument.

If they sarcastically comment about you telling them what to think: They don’t have a meaningful argument, and they have a grossly overinflated view of their own intelligence.

If they dismiss something as “your opinion”: They don’t have a meaningful argument and they resent that you do.

If they dismiss something as “like, your opinion, man”: They don’t have a meaningful argument, but they do have The Big Lebowski on Blu-Ray.

If they repeat claims that have already been disassembled: They’re not paying attention.

If they use a work of fiction as evidence of their argument: They need to get out more.

If they say there’s nothing you can say that will convince them: You need to leave, right away, because there’s no point in talking to a wall.

If they keep claiming they never said things they clearly said: They don’t respect you or the forum and you should probably just leave.

If they spout long discredited conspiracy theories: They’re an idiot.

If their sole evidence consists of a terrible pun: Either they’re not taking the discussion seriously, or they have no clue how to make a convincing point.

If they use the word “sheeple” at any point: They’re being satirical, nobody uses the word “sheeple” and means it.

– OSM out

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