Kafkatrapping

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Kafka +‎ trapping, coined in 2010 by Eric Raymond in reference to Franz Kafka's story The Trial (Der Process/Der Prozess, published 1925), in which a man is accused of crimes that are never specified.

Noun[edit]

Kafkatrapping (uncountable)

  1. A sophistical and unfalsifiable form of argument that attempts to overcome an opponent by inducing a sense of guilt and using the opponent's denial of guilt as further evidence of guilt.

References[edit]

  • Blog post in which the term was coined: [1]
  • Usenet newsgroups: [2]