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Kafka + trap, coined as a noun kafkatrapping in 2010 by Eric Raymond in reference to Franz Kafka's story The Trial (Der Proceß, published 1925), in which a man is accused of crimes that are never specified.
Kafkatrap (plural Kafkatraps)
- A sophistical rhetorical device in which any denial by the accused serves as evidence of guilt.
- Jill said Jack was paranoid, and when he told her he was not she just nodded knowingly. It was a perfect Kafkatrap.
- To employ a Kafkatrap.