rumpelstilzchen wrote:daveBeeston wrote:I also find it quite funny that they don't see the irony in insulting someone because of their weight when the person their defending is on the rather portly side of the scale.
Perhaps insults are all they have? They cannot prove their claims so they have to resort to insults. It's the same when all they can do is to criticise their opponent's grammar. For some peculiar reason they appear to believe that if they can find fault in your grammar it in some way reflects on the validity of what you have written. It is attacking the arguer instead of the argument, a well known logical fallacy.
For instance, I have not put a hyphen between "well" and "known" therefore everything I write must be wrong.
That is similar to the arguments of some tax deniers here in the Colonies. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, authorizing the income tax. Back then, of course, there were no photo copiers, fax machines or email. So the hand-typed copies of the Congressional resolution that were sent to the 48 state legislatures contained some trivial punctuation and grammar differences. The deniers pounce upon that to claim that the ratification was invalid and therefore the income tax is unconstitutional.
The ironic thing is that most of these people can't put a proper sentence together to save their lives.