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The fallacy of a false attribution occurs when an advocate appeals to an irrelevant, unqualified, unidentified, biased or fabricated source in support of an argument. A contextomy is a type of false attribution.

A particular case of misattribution is the Matthew effect: a quotation is often attributed to someone more famous than the real author. This leads the quotation to be more famous, but the real author to be forgotten.[1]


  1. ^ Mermin, N. David (2004). "Could Feynman Have Said This?". Physics Today 57: 10. doi:10.1063/1.1768652.  

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