the sentence is cited from How to Win Every Argument。I can't find the links between fishier and handymen,and I wonder if there is any saying about the logic of handymen?here are the context:

No handymen are bakers, and no bakers are fishermen, so no handymen are fishermen. (It seems innocent enough, but the logic is fishier than the handymen. If we had used 'tax-dodgers' instead of fishermen, we would have ended up saying 'no handymen are tax-dodgers', which everyone knows is untrue. The fault lies with the two negative premises.)


Fish are slippery, and rotten fish stink. Thus, "fishy" means "untrustworthy".

In this example, the author is playing with the words "fishy" and "fishermen". The alleged proof discusses whether-or-not the handymen perform fishing, so in this particular context, these handymen may-or-may-not have something to do with fish.

  • thank you, got it. i had been misled by the translator of the book. He
    – Y anfanyu
    Jan 9 '18 at 9:17
  • i should finish the last sentence.The translator translates it into Chinese as这里的逻辑比杂工更靠不住。
    – Y anfanyu
    Jan 9 '18 at 9:21

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