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Begging the Question

I actually interrupted an intelligent and articulate author whom I was interviewing this morning after he twice used the expression "begs the question" in place of "raises the question." This is a linguistic pet peeve of mine. Here's a good explanation of why these two phrases are not even remotely synonymous:

http://begthequestion.info/

I will edit the mis-use of "begs the question" from the interview, and so I have no intention of identifying the guest who inadvertently pushed this particular hot button of mine.

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david_lucifer
Sep. 2nd, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
I thought I was the only one with that particular pet peeve! In a similar category it really bugs me when people say "I could care less" when they mean "I could not care less".
kmo
Sep. 2nd, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Slow Motion Car Crash
Yeah, that one bugs me as well, but since "I couldn't care less" didn't quite have the pedigreed history of "begs the question," it's corruption doesn't bother me as much. Still, I do notice it, and I do care about it somewhat. Thus, I can honestly say that I could care less.
kmo
Sep. 2nd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
I really must learn to proof read before posting
I'd like to withdraw one apostrophe from my previous comment.
ankh_f_n_khonsu
Sep. 2nd, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: I really must learn to proof read before posting
If you fall to that level of pedantry in common conversation among friends, step back. :)

As for the topic: I can honestly say that I don't think I have ever used either "begs the question" or "raises the question" in the context involved here. I often find it funny how different linguistic/semantic strings get picked up by different people.

Namaste.
kmo
Sep. 2nd, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
step back :)
If you fall to that level of pedantry in common conversation among friends, step back. :)

This was during a recorded interview to be included in the C-Realm Podcast. I try to strike a balance between keeping things spontaneous and making sure that eyes get dotted and teas get crossed. Or is it dotted teas and crossed eyes.

I often find it funny how different linguistic/semantic strings get picked up by different people.

Given your experience living in Asia I imagine you've encountered some linguistic transplants from the West that mutated in weird and amusing ways once they entered the lexicons of Korean speakers.
ankh_f_n_khonsu
Sep. 2nd, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Re: step back :)
Nono, I understand the peeve in that context - I was referring to your retraction of an apostrophe. ;)

Namaste.
nobody123
Sep. 2nd, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
I, too, thought I was the only one disturbed by this phenomenon. Bless you sir.
prester_scott
Sep. 3rd, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Well done.
enohae
Sep. 3rd, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
i wuz ammused fer ours redding yer picshure.

(Seriously, it rocked)
kmo
Sep. 3rd, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
reading icons
Yes, that gift really keeps on giving. I don't read very quickly, so I had to let it loop three times to catch it all.
enohae
Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
I love grammar.
kmo
Sep. 3rd, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: I love grammar.
That's a neat site. It even covers the SF/sci-fi antagonism:

https://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/scfi.html
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