non sequitur

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non sequitur

A statement that does not logically fit into the current conversation. Good luck getting answers from him—his every response to my questions so far has been a non sequitur. A: "I changed the oil in the car." B: "Well, that's a complete non sequitur, since I asked if you were hungry!"
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a ˌnon ˈsequitur

(from Latin, formal) a statement that does not seem to follow what has just been said in any natural or logical way: In the middle of a discussion about the weather, Liz started talking about fish. Everyone ignored the non sequitur completely.
The Latin phrase means ‘it does not follow’.
See also: non, sequitur
References in classic literature ?
It's all one and the same; for every man who curses the cloth would curse the king if he durst; so for matter o' that, it's all one and the same thing."--"Excuse me there, Mr Serjeant," quoth Partridge, "that's a non sequitur ."--"None of your outlandish linguo," answered the serjeant, leaping from his seat; "I will not sit still and hear the cloth abused."--"You mistake me, friend," cries Partridge.
Alfred scolds me, every time we meet; and he has the better of me, I grant,--for he really does something; his life is a logical result of his opinions and mine is a contemptible non sequitur."
Singer Jason Williamson's profane, insult-laden raps in a thick East Midlands accent seem to spasm out of him like he's in great pain, but listen closer and there is a Shaun Ryder-like poetry amid the non sequiturs.
This Twitter goldmine sparked a manhunt for more Radiohead non sequiturs that landed the Internet in Russia, where the British singer is featured on an bench advertisement.
JOE Hedley (Views of the North, March 16) surely sets a new record for non sequiturs and logical fallacies.
Loaded with hilarious non sequiturs and elevating creativity as a trait to bolster in children, this collection of short stories is populated by weird animal characters and even weirder people.
Every week a swathe of non sequiturs, inadvertent malapropisms and mixed metaphors are spouted by football pundits.
And the unthrilling game play-combat consists of clicking static maps and typing numbers into browser fields--is explained via crudely recorded YouTube tutorials, all of which are punctuated with non sequiturs like "Mmm!
Donning a dog collar as the holy man from hell, Williams gallops through his usual repertoire of imitations, accents, non sequiturs and wild gesticulations.
Her most ostensibly expressive canvases can also be read as linguistic propositions, or speech acts, since they invariably include aphoristic phrases like "Kissing the canvas" or "Desire is war"; quotations, like Guy Debord's "Seeking the death that is life"; or seeming non sequiturs, like "20 minutes" and "Allein!
He also deals in visual non sequiturs, visionary Cinema-Scope cinematography, and an approach to directing actors that seems to involve encouraging them to mumble like stoners or scream like wild animals.
The plan consists, in the main, of generalities, good wishes and non sequiturs.
Let's just remember to avoid non sequiturs, linguistic illogic, and other pesky scourges.
The movie displays a plot-light structure, abrupt mood swings, frisky non sequiturs and, above all, a restless young protagonist brought to life by a first-time performer.
Clearly not someone to do anything by halves, Prenant herself (who looks considerably younger than her 47 years) plays both roles in the framing device of two dissimilar ditzes, rebellious Myope and contented Lunettes, who bounce around a Paris apartment declaiming non sequiturs on everything from sex and politics to the world in general.