There’s a big difference in saying, “There’s a flaw in your argument, and it’s relevant for this reason,” and, “You are making a stupid error, and here are some Latin words to make you feel stupider.”
5 Common Argument Tactics That Need to Die
#5. Accusing Someone of Using a Logical Fallacy
Understanding logical fallacies is an important skill, because the human brain is a flawed machine notoriously bad at picking out mistakes. But — and this is important — it’s a passive trait. You can’t use your knowledge of logical fallacies to debate somebody, because whether or not someone is using a logical fallacy has little to do with whether or not they’re right. And if you don’t believe me, then you’re making a logical fallacy. Possibly even two of them.