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Laconica Fortuita

"Laconica Fortuita"
"Random Laconics"

Ad hominem simply means "to the human being" (hominem is a form of homo, as in Homo sapiens), so it is in reference to anything directed toward a human being, including personal attacks, rational and irrational refutations, this very comment I am making, and yes, even gratuitous verbal abuse or "name-calling" itself.

An argumentum ad hominem, however, is an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out a negative characteristic or belief of the person supporting it, as Wikipedia says.

Please excuse my Inner Latinist. It always winces whenever it reads things like "Name-calling itself is not an ad hominem!" even when the context is clear.
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