Red herring provides an insiders access to the global innovation economy featuring unparalleled insights on the emerging technologies driving the economy. Believe it or not red herring has as much to do with hunting dogs as with brightly colored fish heres how a herring is a soft finned bony fish people who like to eat herring have long preserved them by salting and slowly smoking them. Red herring n 1 a smoked herring having a reddish color 2 something that draws attention away from the matter being discussed or dealt with sense 2 probably from the use of smoked herrings to lay scent trails for hounds to follow word history a red herring was originally a herring cured by smoking a process that imparts a reddish color to its . Red herring definition red herring is a kind of fallacy that is an irrelevant topic introduced in an argument to divert the attention of listeners or readers from the original issue in literature this fallacy is often used in detective or suspense novels to mislead readers or characters or to induce them to make false conclusions
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