It begs the question: is it just me?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri May 30 16:17:41 UTC 2008

At 11:31 AM -0400 5/30/08, David Donnell wrote:
>Whenever I hear someone use the phrase "begs the question" followed
>by a question, I instantly assume the speaker never took a class in
>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.
They probably do, but just feel guilty about it.


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