Pot calling the kettle black
The pot calling the kettle black is an informal fallacy also called Tu quoque. Another name is appeal to hypocrisy.
It happens when a person is guilty of the very thing of which they accuse another.
|“||"Oho!" said the pot to the kettle;
"You are dirty and ugly and black!
Sure no one would think you were metal,
Except when you're given a crack".
"Not so! not so!" kettle said to the pot;
A fable, perhaps by Aesop, has a mother crab and its young, where the mother tells the child to walk straight, and is asked in return to demonstrate how that is done.
A present-day example:
- Peter: "It is morally wrong to use animals for food or clothing".
- Bill: "But you are wearing a leather jacket and you have a roast beef sandwich in your hand! How can you say that using animals for food and clothing is wrong?" 
It is a fallacy because a person's actions or character do not affect the logic of the argument.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ Tu quoque is Latin for "you also". "tu quoque, n." Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
- ↑ Bluedorn, Nathaniel (2002). The Fallacy Detective. p. 54. ISBN 0-9745315-0-2.
- ↑ "St Nicholas Magazine 3.4" (PDF). February 1876. p. 224. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
- ↑ Folklore and Fable vol.XVII, New York 1909, p.30 
- ↑ "Fallacy: ad hominem tu quoque". Nizkor project. Archived from the original on 12 September 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2015.