Topicality: Effects & Extra

Editors note: Ethos has written on extra topicality more than once; for an alternative view on this theory issue, you can also read this article. Effects topicality and extra topicality tend to bring on quite a bit of confusion within a debate round. Often, teams will...

Dictionaries and How Definitions Work

“A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.” – Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes cited by Jennifer R....

2009/10 Topicality Throwdown

[Author’s note: If you’re completely uninitiated in Topicality, I recommend reading Coach Jen’s Topicality article from Ethos, as well as the article “Debating Topicality” by Stefan Bauschard (Debate coach for Harvard University). It’s an...