Using double meanings or ambiguities of language to mislead or misrepresent the truth.

For an argument to work, words must have the same meaning each time they appear in its premises or conclusion. Arguments that switch between different meanings of words equivocate, and so don’t work. This is because the change in meaning introduces a change in subject.

This fallacy generally occurs with polysemic words (words with multiple meanings).just a theory

Logic teaches you how to argue.
Arguing gets us nowhere.
Teaching people logic is unproductive.

Although there is a colloquial meaning of argue referring to a ready disposition to fight, this is a misrepresentation of the word, one used to distract from the true use of logic, in this case it is used to place logic in an undeserved negative light.

Evolution is just a theory!

Whoever has avoided hearing this willfully ignorant argument is very lucky.

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