I am not intending to make personal remarks. I am intending to convey a thought accurately and I make liberal use of the correct words in the English language when I do. spe·cious superficially plausible, but actually wrong. "a specious argument" misleading in appearance, especially misleadingly attractive. "the music trade gives Golden Oldies a specious appearance of novelty" synonyms: misleading, deceptive, false, fallacious, unsound, spurious, casuistic,sophistic "specious reasoning Please do not attribute to me 'name calling'. You quoted me... please refer to the entire quote, not to a part of it. I said "Not only do you use circular reasoning, but you are specious." The 'specious' refers to the reasoning. If a person is loud when they talk, then they are LOUD. It's not an opinion. It can be measured on a sound level meter and compared to established norms for dB level. It is NOT name calling to tell them they are LOUD. If a person is "specious" in their reasoning, then that too can be measured and established. It's not like saying they 'are an idiot'... that WOULD be name calling. But to point out a specious argument, that is NOT name calling. It would be equally specious to tell someone who is pointing out a specious argument that that person is "name calling". "Specious" is not slanderous. It is exact. On the last, I will say that a person cannot be specious. It is an adjective that modifies another word, in this case "reasoning". As in "specious reasoning". So, when a person is referred to as being "specious", it means that their line of reasoning is false, albeit with a semblance of plausibility.