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> Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 11:50:45 +1100
> From: Margaret Stokes <milamba@optushome.com.au>
> Subject: Re: Mea Culpa, mea Culpa + gloassary
> Donald,
> It's really very easy - you state your opinion about a person's
> rather than the person themselves.  EG: In the case where Tim said
> Millar is, to say the least, a bit
> 'flakey'." - this is an "ad hominem" attack on a person, in other
words, it
> says something about the person themselves.  If, instead, Tim had
> "John Millar's work is a bit flakey" this would not have been an
> attack but rather casting aspersions on the person's work.  This is
the key
> difference.  Say what you feel you need about a person's work, but
> say it about the person themselves.


Katherine Kurtz

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