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#22961 - 03/15/01 01:44 PM Putting words in my mouth
Loc: El Monte, CA
Does anyone know of a word that means, to put words in someone's mouth?
The only word I could think of would be to misquote, but that is not exactly what I mean.
An example would be, "Every time I attempted to explain to her what I meant, she purposely misconstrued what I said, as if she was trying to put words in my mouth."
I'm looking for a word that means the act of misstating or misquoting someone, presumably with the intent to distort for their own advantage or motive.
Got any ideas?
Thanks for your help.
#22962 - 03/15/01 02:22 PM Re: Putting words in my mouth Anonymous
What an interesting question... (and welcome a-Board, billpy!)
i couldn't find anything (which isn't saying much ) but in my searches i did stumble upon this, which is at least tangentially correlated:
metastasis - casual mention of a subject as if it were unimportant; responding to a person's criticism or insult with a riposte that uses or plays on his or her words (rhetoric term)
i thought this was an intriguing twist of the more common meaning of metastasis, which deals with the transfer of cancerous cells to previously healthy sites. it reminds me of a Readers' Digest quote that my mom had displayed above the kitchen sink, where we were all sure to see it often: "Never answer an angry word with an angry word. It's the second one that makes the quarrel"
and BTW, can someone explain what dictionaries mean when they call a term "rhetoric"? are they using rhetoric to indicate that its use would be circumfloribus ?
#22963 - 03/15/01 02:27 PM Re: Putting words in my mouth
Perhaps a phrase, rather than a single word. How about "maliciously misquote"?
#22964 - 03/15/01 02:28 PM Re: Putting words in my mouth
Loc: this too shall pass
re: rhetoric - here's a wonderful site I use for reference
#22965 - 03/15/01 02:52 PM Re: Putting words in my mouth
Loc: El Monte, CA
Thanks for the welcome Bridget!
I didn't know the word "metastasis" had such an alternate meaning. Still, I don't think its what I'm looking for.
Also, I'm hoping to find a single word rather than a phrase to fit the bill, but I may have to settle on "maliciously misquote." Hopefully we'll get lots of responses to this thread and see what shakes out :)
#22966 - 03/15/01 03:12 PM Re: Putting words in my mouth
Loc: San Francisco, CA
Welcome billpy -
It's not one word but two, but I think you came up with the best answer to your question: "purposely misconstrue." Makes it perfectly clear to me what the person in question was doing, damn her.
#22967 - 03/15/01 03:28 PM Re: Putting words in my mouth
Loc: this too shall pass
here's a word that comes ever so close: logodaedaly /LAHG uh DED uh lee/ - verbal legerdemain or the cunning use of words
#22968 - 03/15/01 04:18 PM Re: Putting words in my mouth
Loc: New England, USA
misstating or misquoting someone, presumably with the intent to distort for their own advantage or motive.
Passive-agressive. Oh, that's behavio(u)r.
#22969 - 03/15/01 06:40 PM Re: Putting words in my mouth
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Welcome aBoard, Bill P.
Well, there's insinuate. Also, I have been told I am good at twisting words.
#22970 - 03/15/01 08:09 PM Re: Putting words in my mouth
" logodaedaly /LAHG uh DED uh lee/ - verbal legerdemain or the cunning use of words"
What a "deadly" word to use again one's opponent in a debate! I'm surprised it hasn't been used frequently in Washington,D.C.
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