I'm struggling and googled but cannot find something that's in the recesses of my mind.
Bertrand Russell (I think) described a logical fallacy where one could describe the same behavior / characteristic in several ways. One way would be positive, another somewhat neutral and the third highly negative. Each one is evaluating the same behavior but describing it differently.
- I will defend what is right even if it's an unpopular opinion.
- You are obstinate and won't listen to reason.
TIA for any help in tracking this down.
The logical fallacy here was one of equivocation where the user reframes a statement in a more negative or positive light as suits his argument.
I remember it more as a essay on language and how people, often unwittingly, distort the way they frame the conversation.