Monday, February 2, 2009

No, Really, This Begs the Question

Countless friends and students of mine have had to suffer me ranting about the actual (or anyway, time-honored) meaning of "begs the question", which I've heard misused by anyone from NPR anchors to Conan O'Brien (though their very use of the phrase this way leads us to question (but doesn't beg the question) as to whether the phrase has simply morphed into another meaning in the endless of evolution of language). I stumbled across a great and ridiculous dinosaur comic about just that subject, told far more interestingly than I typically would.

Ultimately, I should give up making a stink about, as Stephen Fry's excellent podgram on language would agree.

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