It begs the question: is it just me?

Andrea Morrow aandrea1234 at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 30 15:41:17 UTC 2008


I teach students about logical fallacies in several of my classes -
and I will also admit to using "beg the question" in the non-logical
sense you mentioned in casual conversations with friends and
neighbors.  But then I also am perfectly comfortable using "data" as a
singular noun... I should probably be run out of educated society.


On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM, David Donnell <daviddonnell at> wrote:
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> Whenever I hear someone use the phrase "begs the question" followed
> by a question, I instantly assume the speaker never took a class in
> logic...
> Someone tell me I'm wrong.
> Not being clever--don't mean to proscribe such usage--just curious if
> anyone (or how many) who studied logical fallacies ever uses the
> phrase in the 'non-logic' sense.
> David
> Missourian @ NYC
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