Halfway through the comments on this post over at Just Creative Design, a common typo rears it’s head:
The typo is “chirdlike” which seems to be, but I’m not 100% sure, a typo for “childlike”. I don’t understand why this happens so much since “r” is not near “l” on the keyboard. Either way, I didn’t know what it meant the first time I came across it, thinking it was an eighth-grade vocab word I missed, or it was another one of those fancy internet memes like “pwn” or its past-tence version, “pwnd”.
I googled “chirdlike” only to find that the number one result for the word in Google was…the post I was commenting on!
I still have no definition, since I end up in a recursive loop, since when I ask the question, I end up reading my own comment on the site from which the comment originated. How interesting.
I now suggest that we define “chirdlike” as follwing:
chirdlike: a debate tactic which uses circular logic as a diversionary tactic: a recursive red herring.