logical fallacies fallacy

Tu Quoque

You avoided having to engage with criticism by turning it back on the accuser - you answered criticism with criticism.

Pronounced too-kwo-kweh.

Literally translating as ‘you too’ this fallacy is also known as the appeal to hypocrisy. It is commonly employed as an effective red herring because it takes the heat off someone having to defend their argument, and instead shifts the focus back on to the person making the criticism.

Example: Nicky identified that Hannah had committed a logical fallacy, but instead of addressing the substance of her claim, Hannah accused Nicky of committing a fallacy earlier on in the conversation.