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  • No! Conflict makes my stomach churn

    3 3.75%
  • no

    12 15.00%
  • not really

    5 6.25%
  • occassionally

    5 6.25%
  • arguing: no; debating yes

    28 35.00%
  • only if they're intelligent

    9 11.25%
  • when I'm bored

    4 5.00%
  • YES!

    2 2.50%
  • I enjoy a good conflict

    6 7.50%
  • only when I need to put a filthy invalid in his place

    6 7.50%
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  1. #81
    Doesn't Read Your Posts Haight's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    What does it matter? We can infer the sense in which someone is using the term by the descriptions they provide.
    Why do people need to understand the meaning of the words they choose?

    I hope you're not actually asking me for the answer to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    I'll argue when bored until I'm bored of the argument

    when people take arguing too seriously though, it removes all the fun from it so I tend to wander off... what's the use of an argument if not entertainment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    Why do people need to understand the meaning of the words they choose?

    I hope you're not actually asking me for the answer to that.
    Man... I read that first bit and the hair stood up on the back of my neck: fingernails on the blackboard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phobik View Post

    learning? growth?
    Learning and growth should be fun!
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    Me? Argue?

    Group hugs and unicorn vomit, are more my style.

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    Actually, there is one aspect of arguing I actively enjoy. It's when I *know* someone has mistaken my being fairly quiet or in the background for being a pushover and then they try to take advantage or are very rude somehow and I get to put them right back in their place. Such a rush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    Why do people need to understand the meaning of the words they choose?

    I hope you're not actually asking me for the answer to that.
    We already know that everyone in this thread knows at least one meaning of the terms being used.

    Whether they know all of the meanings (or the history) of the words is really irrelevant. If they say "no, I don't like to argue on the internet because I hate useless bickering," then we know in what sense they're using the term. Posting an entry from the fucking etymological dictionary for "argue" is not really going to get us anywhere further.

    argue c.1300, "to make reasoned statements to prove or refute a proposition," from O.Fr. arguer "maintain an opinion or view; harry, reproach, accuse, blame" (12c.), from L. argutare "to prattle, prate," frequentative of arguere "make clear, make known, prove, declare, demonstrate," from PIE *argu-yo-, from base *arg- "to shine, be white, bright, clear" (see argent). Meaning "to oppose, dispute" is from late 14c. Related: Argued; arguing. Colloquial argufy is first attested 1751.
    Yay! Don't we all feel enlightened now that we know that the word has several origins and meanings? What's that? Yes? Good. Now carry on as before, since that's all you can do, even with the addition of this (apparently urgent) new knowledge.
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    Debate is about winning and Arguing is about obtaining truth, yes? So most of the people here like to win instead of aiming for the truth?

    I chose "only if they're intelligent" because I have tried to argue with certain people that do not meet that criteria and I have achieved nothing and lost many things. Different people have different ideas of "logic." Some people can be persuaded through forcing them, showing your background of achievements, acting like an authority, or being your friend. And finally, some people purely rely on "reason" and "innovation." Those people are great to argue with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craft View Post
    Debate is about winning and Arguing is about obtaining truth, yes? So most of the people here like to win instead of aiming for the truth?

    I chose "only if they're intelligent" because I have tried to argue with certain people that do not meet that criteria and I have achieved nothing and lost many things. Different people have different ideas of "logic." Some people can be persuaded through forcing them, showing your background of achievements, acting like an authority, or being your friend. And finally, some people purely rely on "reason" and "innovation." Those people are great to argue with.
    Oh hum based on new definitions I guess I withdraw my interest in debate and I admit to liking arguments. But where does this leave insults and name calling? Surely there are people who get a kick out of the tension without the "reasoned statement" component.

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    I hate it!

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