It begs the question: is it just me?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 1 02:59:12 UTC 2008

What was wrong with, "That raises the question"?


On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
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> 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.
> LH
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