Simple But Intelligent Word Choices, Vol. 2

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Definition:

a statement that doesn't logically follow from or is not clearly related to anything said before it (literally, 'it does not follow' in Latin)

Words It Might Replace:

nonsense, stumper, "huh?"

Example:

"'Russia needs more successful young entrepreneurs, therefore, governors should have more children!' At first it may seem a non-sequitur. But in Russia the joke is obvious, cutting to the heart of a growing source of discontent among the young: routes to professional success are fewer and fewer, while the offspring of top provincial officials and the like do well." – Charles Clover, Financial Times.com, July 11, 2011

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