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straw dog fallacy. More typically this is called the straw man fallacy. It is an informal fallacy created by misrepresenting your interlocutor's argument. The straw dog is a position that superficially resembles an opponent's actual view, but is either easier to refute, patently illogical, or absurd on its face.reference 1

 

1. Bell, Edwin. 1918. Argumentation. In The Encyclopedia Americana. New York, Chicago: The Encyclopedia American corporation, 2:231.

 

 

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