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ABOUT THIS WORD
What does pretzel logic mean?
Pretzel logic is an expression used to describe someone’s “twisted reasoning.”
Where did the term pretzel logic come from?
A classic pretzel is circular, full of holes, and twists in on itself—just like faulty reasoning. Hence the (delicious) expression, pretzel logic. The term is evidenced by at least 1967 in American Opinion, a magazine of the far-right, anticommunist John Birch Society.
Indeed, the phrase pretzel logic frequently appears in political contexts, used in an effort to call out opponents’ logical fallacies or to characterize someone’s twisted line of reasoning or justifications.
The term spread in the 1980–90s, but it is closely associated with the acclaimed 1974 album and title track Pretzel Logic by rock band Steely Dan. The song is, apparently, about reckoning with the passage of time.
How to use the term pretzel logic
Arguments that are convoluted or seen as such are popularly characterized as pretzel logic, especially in political contexts.
Puns abound around pretzel logic, especially in food contexts, and the phrase has been used for grabby headlines.
I am starting a movement to say the same lie over and over until it is believed as truth. Rudy said, and I quote”There is no truth”. And he appears to be an intelligent person. So “There is no truth” is my mantra until it becomes truth. LOL pretzel logic with an evil twist.
— charles (@charles15422075) March 18, 2019
Additionally, searches for pretzel logic quickly lead to all things Steely Dan.
I think the first I actually went out to a record store to buy with my own money was Steely Dan's "Pretzel Logic". ?1974
— 𝔸𝕟𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕟𝕪 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕜𝕤 🇪🇺 🤝 🇫🇷 🤝 🇬🇧 (@theboymarks) March 11, 2019
More examples of pretzel logic:
“Claiming a dessert didn’t exist until it had a published recipe to validate it is pretzel logic.”
—Keys Weekly, February 2019
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for pretzel
Supporters will cheer because he's not turning himself into a pretzel for the right like he did in 2008.
Romney needs to just be who he is and quit trying to turn himself into a pretzel for the right, as he did last time around.
If he stays true to his tweets, pretzel sandwiches will be on the menu.
Weintraub says, grinning his boyish grin and polishing off a pretzel.
Indeed, Fieri seems to have been gunning for his big moment since he opened his own pretzel cart at 16.
I give him the old razz—but that night he tries for his pretzel bend, and misses.
Had a trick hold he called the pretzel bend—hard to apply, but good for a submission every time when he clamped it on.
So after that Jacob always brought teacher a pretzel without any salt on it.The Corner House Girls at School|Grace Brooks Hill
That's how I got to the car, and was warmly greeted by Pretzel.Motor Matt's Mystery|Stanley R. Matthews
He says iffen he has to he'll use his pretzel bend, and they ain't no Martian on six legs, or eight, what won't say uncle.