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non sequitur

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The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
Bertrand Russell
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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] non sequitur (it does not follow).

Pronunciation

Noun

Examples (sense 3)
  • “Take my wife – please.” (Henny Youngman)
  • “If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.” (Dorothy Parker)
  • “A fool and his money are soon partying.” (Steven Wright)

Singular
non sequitur

Plural
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non sequitur ({{{1}}})
  1. Any abrupt and inexplicable transition or occurrence.
    Having a costumed superhero abduct the vicar was an utter non sequitur in the novel.
  2. (logical fallacy) Any invalid argument in which the conclusion cannot be logically deduced from the premises; a logical fallacy.
    The argument “All ravens are black; this object is black; therefore, this object is a raven” is a non sequitur.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A kind of pun that uses a change of word, subject, or meaning to make a joke of the listener’s expectation.

Usage notes

  • Other pluralizations are non sequituri (which is not proper Latin) and non sequiuntur (which is proper Latin, but conveys a possibly ambiguous meaning:  (they do not follow)); both are neologistic folk etymology. As non sequitur is a phrase, rather than a noun in Latin, its borrowing into English as a noun requires regular English plural formation, ergo non sequiturs.[1]

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References

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  1. ^ Poser, Bill, “More Pseudo-Latin Plurals”, Language Log, April 4, 2004; accessed May 12, 2007.

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