Is There a Word for This? (Part ∞)
May 29, 2014 8:57 AM Subscribe
Is there a word for the "argument" people use that someone has no right to criticize because s/he is unable to perform the action/make the object in question?
posted by xenization to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm sure it's been around for a while now, but lately I find myself more and more seeing people bring up the "You've got no leg to stand on in criticizing, because you can't do X," which is obviously beside the point. Is there an actual word for this? TVTropes has "Let's See YOU Do Better,"
which has the right idea, but I'm wondering if there's a more widespread (rhetorical) term or phrase.
Bonus: Do you know of any insightful breakdowns of why this argument is weak?