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15:56 Nov 22, 2019
English to Romanian translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Government / Politics
Additional field(s): History, Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc., Journalism
English term or phrase: whataboutism
Definition from Merriam-Webster:
The rhetorical technique or practice by reversing the accusation, arguing that an opponent is guilty of an offense just as egregious or worse. Also known as "whataboutery".

Example sentence(s):
  • Fears of impending whataboutism do not appear to have been exaggerated. Pundits have been noticing Trump’s proclivity for the “what about” defense for months. Even since taking office, the president has been quick to respond to accusations of collusion or corruption by pointing to the alleged misdeeds of his former opponent, Hillary Clinton. HuffPost
  • For a nanosecond, especially to an uncritical listener, this stab at logic might seem interesting, even thought-provoking, and that’s why it’s a useful political tool. Whataboutism appears to broaden context, to offer a counterpoint, when really it’s diverting blame, muddying the waters and confusing the hell out of rational listeners. Washington Post
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3 days 19 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5

Definition from own experience or research:
de la "nu sunt singurul"

Example sentence(s):
  • Dezbaterile politice sunt tot mai mult marcate de "nusuntsingurisme" , folosite ca si tecnica de diversiune. - laura Murphy 

whataboutism este un cuvant combinat prin urmare nusuntsingurisme mi s-a parut cea mai apropiata alegere, atat din punct de vedere structural cat si semantic
Laura Murphy
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:36
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
Notes to answerer
ION CAPATINA Am avut și eu tentația să creez cuvinte, uneori am făcut-o...Dar în românește ori găsim o expresie explicativă, ori preluăm din engleză, cum e cu twitter-ul, app-ul, job-ul, etc...Am decis în majoritatea cazurilor să creez o expresie nouă. Am avut o dată "handicapper"...O adevărată provocare...

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11 days   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5

Definition from own experience or research:
Învinuirea altora pentru propriile eșecuri, "datul cu vina".

Example sentence(s):
  • Hillary Clinton n-a putut trece peste eșecul de la alegerile din 2016, din politica proprie de desconsiderare ,a deplorabililor, lamentabilor, jalnicilor din mijlocul SUA cu care n-avea nimic în comun în clasa de elită în care se afla, cu capul în nori, a început să DEA CU VINA ba pe ruși, ba pe ucraineni, ba pe teoria conspirației...i-a CULPABILIZAT pe toți, în afară de dânsa... - ION CAPATINA  
  • Adam Schiff vorbește într-una de președintele ales Donald Trump, vorbind de corupție și fapte ilegale, CULPABILIZÂND președintele ales pentru că vorbește despre mituirea și influența politică pe care a avut-o Biden prin angajarea fiului său la o firmă coruptă și apoi condiționând ajutorul acordat Ucrainei de concedierea procurorului care se ocupa de cazul respectiv. - ION CAPATINA  
  • Ț...taking advantage of Nadler’s offer might significantly expand the amount of time available to Team Trump to badger or call witnesses, present whataboutist counter-scandal arguments like the ones Republicans on the Intelligence Committee spent so much time developing...Ț Din nefericire, presa 100% liberală din SUA are numai articole despre CULPABILIZAREA actualului președinte ales... E foarte greu să găsim exemple despre "Whataboutism" Clinton... - ION CAPATINA  

Mass media din SUA e 99%-100% with negative adds about the current president...
East and West coasts think they own the whole USA....We'll see to the next elections, very little time left, tick-tock....No electable dude/dudess in the left field, too much to the left...Good luck!
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