nonsequitur


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nonsequitur

Neurology A totally unrelated response to a question Etiology Acute and chronic organic brain disorders, schizophrenia
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His comic strategy of accumulating nonsequiturs until they acquire an air of logic was already in place in his live performances and in television programmes such as The Harry Hill Show.
Perhaps we academics have nourished this popular embrace of rambling nonsequiturs by our own embrace of multisyllabic, gobbledygook and our fear of speaking plainly.
No kid had the wit to talk or think like Holden or to make such happy use of repetitions, nonsequiturs, and wry irony: "I don't even like old cars.
He follows up this chain of nonsequiturs by inferring that what goes for an obviously social, outward-looking emotion like pride must go for all other emotions (fear, elation, yearning, curiosity, loneliness, etc.
In one of the nonsequiturs of colonialism, government officials insisted upon reading African nationalism as one of the clearest signs of denationalization.
The "nonessentials"--the minutiae, digressions, nonsequiturs, pastiched materials, quotations, autocommentaries, shifting tones and styles--comprise an assault on wholeness, a shattering of form calculated to land Famous Men safely beyond the walls of art.
To avoid such reactions, I adopted an aggressive, interrupting, anticipating courtroom style to cover up for nonsequiturs I make when I misunderstand what is being said.
Collins, however, gets a bit more specific in defining his lover, employing such nonsequiturs as, " .
Finally, Klitgard's prose is littered with nonsequiturs, sentence fragments and misspelled words, which certainly the editors at Academica Press, if not the author herself, should have caught.
On the last two pages of his essay, Meister draws a number of equally sensible conclusions, which come virtually as nonsequiturs after a dozen pages of highly abstract discussion (with four tables) of how concepts evolve in scholarly disciplines.
Most staff rooms of schools that I've taught in usually have had a list of the choice nonsequiturs or examples of the sheer mangling of half understood facts culled from exams.
Nader's one-liners were pure, made-for-television nonsequiturs, all refusing to engage on any substantive level the fact that his candidacy might prove a decisive factor in Bush's election.