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Argumentum ad cellarium

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Hey fella, I bet you're still livin' in your parents cellar

Downloading pictures of Sarah Michelle Gellar
And posting, "Me, too!" like some brain-dead AOLer
I should do the world a favor and cap you like Old Yeller

You're just about as useless as JPEGs to Helen Keller
—"Weird Al" Yankovic[1]

An argumentum ad cellarium states that someone needs to get out of their parents' basement. It is an informal logical fallacy and variety of ad hominem attack sometimes found in debates and comments on the Internet. The argument is used to dismiss someone or their views by accusing them of lacking in the usual social and living skills that society expects, and thus being forced to resort to living in their parents' basement.

Although basement rooms are most commonly used for extra special derogatory factors, variants include demanding that someone get a girlfriend, or have sex — indicating, obviously, inadequacy but also...

(*knocking noise*)

...coming, mum! Sorry, have to log off, tea's ready. BRB!

[edit] External links

  • Martin's Law: "If during an online argument anyone accuses their interlocutor of living in their parents' basement, the argument is over and the accuser has lost."

[edit] Footnotes

  1. "Weird Al" Yankovic - It's All About The Pentiums
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