A Word Fugitive

Have you ever had a word that you’ve heard before, or read before, and you think you have a vague idea of what it means? A word fugitive that flees and hides in the dark cobweb filled corners of your brain and refuses to connect to a definition? Non sequitur is that kind of word for me. Somehow, when I think of it, I connect it to mythological creatures, like a unicorn. Ha! How wrong I am. . . .

Non sequitur (non se-kwi-ter) is a noun that refers to a thought, comment, or reply that does not logically follow what has just been said. If you are in a conversation with a couple of your friends and you are talking about a movie that you have all recently seen, and one person makes a comment about a vacation they are planning on taking, that comment would be a non sequitur. Totally out of context. Not even close to what is being discussed.

Non sequitur can also refer to a conclusion that does not follow logically what preceded it. An invalid argument. For example, if you say that all dogs are brown, this object is brown, therefore this object is a dog. That is a non sequitur. The brown object could be a hat, or a car, or a mountain.

So, my thought process about the definition of this word is a non sequitur. It sorta sounds like centaur. A centaur is a mythological creature that is half man and half horse. A unicorn is a mythological horse-like creature. Therefore a non sequitur is a mythological horse-like character. . . .

Such non sequitur thinking . . .


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