I recall hearing a few years ago about a law in scripture regarding one's speech that had a particular Jewish interpretation that resonated with me. The problem is, I don't remember what it was called, or all of the specifics of the interpretation.
As I recall, much the spirit of the interpretation was about putting people down or making them feel stupid. One example might be if an expert in a field (say, a lawyer) asked a known non-expert (a non-lawyer) if he could explain the intricacies of some concept in that field of expertise with the intent of exposing him as someone who does not know what he is talking about.
If I recall, asking a question to which you know the answer already was another aspect of that same interpretation.
The law might have been translated as something like "bad mouth", though I think that slander might not have been included because that implies that the bad-mouthing is false.
So here's the three-parter:
- What is the law?
- Did I understand it aright?
- Is there a "standard" set of aspects to this law/interpretation? If so, what are they?