Coming to terms with syllogism

This piece was written for the Six Sentence Challenge, with the prompt word of ‘term’.

The term ‘syllogism’ in itself contains three terms (the major premise, the minor premise, and the conclusion); the most famous example is ‘All men are mortal, Socrates is a man, therefore Socrates is mortal’ but here’s a few more I’ve added to Wackypedia.

All men have two legs, trousers have two legs, therefore all men are trousers (including some who are all mouth and trousers).

All unicorns have a horn, cars have a horn, therefore all cars are unicorns (although some disguise themselves as mustangs, jaguars, and even beetles).

All birds have wings, a buffalo isn’t a bird, therefore there’s no such as buffalo wings (or fish with fingers or toads in toad-in-the-hole).

All politicians open their mouths to tell lies, that politician has his/her mouth open, therefore he/she is telling lies (even when he/she says one of their two faces always tells the truth or that they’re just a mouth-breather).

All computers have viruses, Covid is a virus, therefore my computer has Covid (although if it’s an Apple it might have worms).

27 thoughts on “Coming to terms with syllogism

    • Thanks, Mimi. Don’t we all. 🙂 btw sometimes the link you post to your stories says the page doesn’t exist and when it works there is nowhere to leave a comment, so I can’t return the favour.


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