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    I hate arguing semantics in serious matters. I do do it in fun discussions to frustrate people though.
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    I've seen this mainly with INTP's and to a lesser extent ENTP's. The former can use semantics as a crutch to support their argument when they either fail to see or understand the larger argument or perceive they are losing the argument and hold on strongly to the one area of inconsistency, however minor to the main discussion, that they can be correct to argue against.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circle View Post
    I don't understand where this behavior comes from. Is it because they've spent so much time around people that this works on? What is the best way to respond so that the argument can be settled without stooping to the same level? Thanks in advance.
    They like to yank your crank, and enjoy seeing you get in a tizzy when you confront such an argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmy View Post
    I hate arguing semantics in serious matters. I do do it in fun discussions to frustrate people though.
    Almost all ENTP's do that, and i'm pretty sure that's what our friend is running in to!

    I do it to people on purpose who are taking an argument too seriously.........not just semantics, though, i'll stir all sorts of logical arguments and illogical arguments, and even a few logical fallacies in to the argument just to see what they come up with in response.
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