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The phrase "You have no right": What's the deal?

Recently, I saw someone use a variation the phrase "You have no right to say that".  Location and who said that are not important.  Anyways, my bull detector went off, so I just decided to post this topic.

For all the people who have used this phrase before, guess what?  They still said it.  The receivers of this skewered phrase obviously don't care if they don't have the right to say it, which brings me to this train of thought:

Why do we call it a "Right"?  Most times people say it as if it was not a legal right at all, but matter of fact is, that most conversation on the internet is not really anything to involve cops or authorities in (Well, at least the conversations with the phrase I mentioned above), so why are we treating this as something straight out of the constitution or bill of rights or whatever?

Offtopic: I kept the poster of the comment and the location of the comment anonymous for a reason.  It would be smart for him/her to not blow it with a poorly written comment.

Why I posted this topic: There have been a bunch of phrases on the internet (some offensive with cuss words and whatnot) that don't make sense when you go by their definition, and I felt like ruining one of them.


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Re-design7 years ago
I don't think that many who use that phrase is actually speaking in legal terms.  What I think they are saying is that in an argument with another person they don't consider you argument valid and refuse to accept your statement.

I feel that it is a perfectly legitimate phrase to use.
DJ Radio (author)  Re-design7 years ago
That's what I meant.  One of the points of my phrase was that people who were saying it in the context you mentioned were talking like it was a legal issue, when obviously the other party doesn't care.
The funny thing is, you're basically telling them that they haven't the right to say it.
I think he's saying there's no point in using the phrase, because it doesn't stop the comment being made.

In my experience, the phrase also tends to be said (not typed) in quite a petulant tone of voice, and not backed up with evidence or reasons, which makes the speaker of the phrase sound quite immature and sulky.


I know, it was a joke :)
Oh.
He has a perfectly valid argument, I just think it's a bit ironic.
DJ Radio (author)  Weissensteinburg7 years ago
I never said they had no right to say it, I was just explaining the fallacy of the phrase.
I didn't mean it to criticize you...just an observation. :)
DJ Radio (author)  Weissensteinburg7 years ago
I know, but I was correcting the observation.  =P
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