It has come to our attention that our previous feature on “debate” may have employed a misleading definition of a key word in the title. Below, we compare the two definitions, with the critical terms italicised for emphasis. We apologise for any confusion caused.
debate (n.), OED definition
1 A formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.
1.1 An argument about a particular subject, especially one in which many people are involved.
1 A multi-player game consisting of a series of monologues to camera defined by a complex set of pre-agreed rules. In order to complete the challenge, speakers must avoid the following: interaction with fellow players or interviewers, including eye contact; argument about a particular subject; challenge to other players on points of fact, interpretation or performance; juxtaposition of opposing arguments; deviation from previously stated positions; spontaneity; engagement; candour; humour.
2 Inexplicable three-hour void in the collective memory of Greek TV viewers on the evening of the 9th September 2015, thought to have been the result of a PSYOPs experiment conducted via the frequency of national broadcaster ERT. It is widely suspected that the goal of the experiment was to suppress voter turnout in the parliamentary elections of the 20th September 2015.