A rhetorical device which distracts from discussing the topic at hand and tries to lead the discussion to a different topic.
- Distraction techniques
- Change of topic
Origins of the name
The term “red herring” refers to a kind of marinated fish that was used in training scent hounds. Their trainer would taint a scent trail with the pungent smelling food in order to teach them not to be distracted.
This article is still under construction and therefore incomplete.
In this section
- Red herring on Wikipedia