Every now and then I find myself arguing a point that is clearly hopeless. It happens to the best of us, right?
Here are 5 signs you’ve lost an argument:
“If he’s so famous, how come I’ve never heard of him?”
Putting your ignorance forward as evidence is just plain stupid. If you don’t know what you’re talking about then leave the conversation to those who do.
You’ve Just Compared Someone to Hitler
This is an example of an ad hominem, whereby the actual topic under discussion is dropped in favor of attacking your opponent. For example: “You like art, huh? You know who else liked art? The Nazis, that’s who!”
Stick to the point.
You Can’t State Your Position in Less Than 1000 Words
You might also call this the filibuster technique. This is a common for refuge for those who misguidedly believe that a point’s length correlated with its correctness.
You know your friend that posts War-&-Peace-length treatise on Facebook? Next time he pull that stunt, just write back, “Please summarize.”
You’re the Loudest Person in the Room
Raising your voice is rarely a good idea and it’s usually a sure-fire sign that you’re getting backed into a corner. Stay calm and, if you feel like your point is wavering, retire in good order. People will respect you more for it.
“Your Mother” is Your Only Comeback
Perhaps this goes without saying, but if you’re only retort is a personal attack then you’re argument is in the tank, humorous though it may be. The best “your mother” comeback ever is found in John Stewart’s faux textbook, America:
“Have you no scruples, sir?”
“I believe I left them on your mother’s nightstand.”