The statement “If your shirt isn’t tucked into your pants, then your pants are tucked into your shirt.” does not make sense. The statement is a logical fallacy called a false dichotomy. A false dichotomy is an argument that presents two options as the only possible choices, when in fact there are other options available. In this case, the two options are “your shirt is tucked into your pants” and “your pants are tucked into your shirt.” However, there are other possible options, such as “your shirt is not tucked into your pants and your pants are not tucked into your shirt.”
Another way to see that the statement is false is to consider the definition of “tuck.” Tucking means folding or gathering something into a narrow space. In the context of clothing, tucking means folding the bottom of a shirt or blouse into the waistband of pants or a skirt. So, if a shirt is not tucked into pants, then it cannot be the case that pants are tucked into the shirt.
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2 thoughts on “Thought of the Day: Tucking in”
I never could keep my shirt tucked in. At work, everyone was always telling me to tuck my shirt in. I wish I had the punchline about tucking my pants into my shirt back then.
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Geoff, I’m at the age where I can let it all hang out!