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Pretzel logic

A typical pretzel, showing the loops doubling back

Pretzel logic is a figure of speech used to refer to reasoning that is either faulty or circular and does not stand up to scrutiny. The Urban Dictionary defines it as "fallible, twisted or circular reasoning that when dissected is wrong, does not make sense or does not explain the situation rationally."[1]

A pretzel is a baked dough bread, typically shaped in an intertwined loop which doubles back on itself.

Usage in popular culture

The term appears frequently in popular culture, most commonly as the title of Steely Dan's 1974 album, Pretzel Logic, but is also used by the media when referring to instances when confusing arguments are being made to support a premise.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Pretzel Logic definition". Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Hubert, Craig (April 8, 2014). """Pretzel Logic: Errol Morris's "The Unknown Known. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ Packer, George (January 7, 2015). "The Blame for the Charlie Hebdo Murders". The New Yorker. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Jacobson, William (July 20, 2015). "Rasmea Odeh appeal twists into pretzel logic". Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ Savan, Leslie (June 19, 2009). "Conservatives Choke on Persian Pretzel Logic". The Nation. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 

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