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Common Sense: Get It, Use It, and Teach It in the Workplace by Ken Tanner

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Common Nonsense Based on Muddled Logic

You Want To Run That One by Me Again?

The second group of Common nonsense statements features muddled logic. Often the product of lazy preparation or the simple disregard of fact collecting, these gems tend to offer scant support for their main argument. If you take a moment and dissect what was said, you’ll decide that there’s a complete lack of common sense being displayed.

Common Nonsense: The Non Sequitur

Life is life and fun is fun, but it’s all so quiet when the goldfish die.

—Beryl Markham

Non sequitur is Latin for “it does not follow.” Unlike most Latin phrases co-opted for rhetoric, this one ...

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