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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.)

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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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