Friday, January 31, 2003


Ok, how many time have you read an article that said, "which begs the question"? What the writer actually means is, "recognizing this particular point as true, it prompts us to raise this particular question." Nine times out of ten he does not actually mean "begs the question". Begging the question is a particular logical fallacy involving circular reasoning. It means you assume your desired conclusion by the question itself.

I know this is a losing battle, but I read the expression just once too often. And now I've done my part to purify the language of the tribe.

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