Innuendo

InnuendoGayatri“Thank you very much Bob, Matthew, Sean and Jerry for understanding and not making me constantly apologize to an irrational and unstable person.”
—Gayatri Salunke

Analysis:

This is a loaded statement. It illustrates one of the common uses as a rhetorical device, namely, innuendo. Gayatri’s statement consists of several propositions, including:

A person or persons (other than those named) have insisted that Gayatri constantly apologize to X.

X is irrational and unstable.

No evidence is given. Loaded questions or statements are used in this way to slip claims into rhetoric without the burden of proving them or the necessity of taking responsibility for unproven assertions. In this example, innuendo has been used by Gayatri to rally sympathy for herself, make a person or persons look unreasonable or bad, and to single out one in particular as “irrational and unstable.” While her approach is dishonest and manipulative, she avoids direct lies by using innuendos.


Begging

Loaded language is a subfallacy of Begging the Question, which is any form of argument in which the conclusion occurs as a premise. More generally, an argument begs the question when it assumes any controversial point not conceded by the other side. It is a fallacious form of argument.


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