Monday, 17 February 2014

Easyjet Category Error

You know category error. The mythical A&E admissions of those who had followed literally instructions such as 'Stand in saucepan of boiling water for 3 minutes' for a tinned pudding or 'Remove cap and push up bottom' for a stick deodorant. Nowhere is category error more apparent than in statements made by Euphiles.
"Free trade in Europe has brought great benefits, therefore Europe should be a single country"
Is perhaps the most pervasive. The most irritating have to be
"Europe has not been at war since 1945, therefore the EU causes peace"
"Everyone who loves Europe favours a federal union"
The government have therefore included in the latest 'Balance of Competencies' review the opinion of Easyjet that European airline deregulation was responsible for it flourishing. Ergo, says the government, a federal union is a good thing.  

Perhaps they're all waddling around Whitehall with deodorant sticks up their arses wondering why their armpits are still sweating.

5 comments:

anon 2 said...

A little crude, Raedwald ... but thoroughly deserved, and very funny.

Thank you.

DeeDee99 said...

"Perhaps they're all waddling around Whitehall with deodorant sticks up their arses wondering why their armpits are still sweating."

I doubt it. That would require a questioning mind, which therefore means one open to alternatives.

No evidence of that in Whitehall and Westminster.

Fidel Cuntstruck said...

"Perhaps they're all waddling around Whitehall with deodorant sticks up their arses wondering why their armpits are still sweating."

That would be assuming that they had first taken their heads out of their arses?

Anonymous said...

There hasn't been a world war since the last World War because, well, it would probably be the last war. And the reason we don't have world wars anymore is it would stop us having smaller wars.

Remember:

Small wars are saving the planet.

Steve

Anonymous said...

Category error. Not sure about this one R. An example of where the category is correct is "most Americans are Christian". There is no category error here because people are capable of being Christian and indeed most Americans *are* Christian. However, if you said that most bananas are Christian, you would know that bananas are incapable of being Christian, and therefore its a blatant example of category error.

What you state in your examples are nasty pieces of conflation (the melding of two ideas or concepts into one) and at the same time they can certainly be deemed "non-sequitur" because "it does not follow" that.... etc etc.

Coney Island