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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    I should have realized that syllogism would appeal to the Athenian... but thank you.

    The syllogism idea appeals to me also. But I don't believe that is what people mean, because often, I can complete a syllogism in the abstract (at least believe that I have) and still leave people wondering.

    Sometimes, I just give another example that adds nothing to the syllogism (in terms of proof of existence) and that is all that was needed.

    Sometimes, I can complete a syllogism and give example after example, and nothing satisfies.

    I don't often use that phrase, and can't remember the last time I used it, to see what would have satisfied me.

    Perhaps a more pointed questions is:

    "When is a thought finished for you?"

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    You never finish a thought. You just bury it until conversation sparks an interest in that thought and you build from there. It is impossible to stop thinking unless you are dead or have suffered irreversible brain trauma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    I always found that phrase confusing.

    What does it mean?
    I don't know. I probably never finished any thought.

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    Thoughts are never finished.... merely abandoned.
    (And sometimes not even that.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by FineLine View Post
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    In this context, "to finish a thought" really means "to finish expressing a thought" or "provide clarification on a previous (expressed) thought by providing additional context."
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    I agree.

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    wouldn't that phrase just be used to say "please wait until I'm sure of what I want to say" ?

    sorry- nobody ever finishes thinking- but that would be why the term is used in conversation!
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    It's the opposi

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
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    That's awsome. Care to finish your thought?

    As per your rep. thread, I may actually give someone points for the first time since I experimented with it at the beginning.

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