There are a few of us who support and use the original meaning, but there are millions of users who don't. What are the historians going to say? (I don't mind being a dinosaur, and I don't plan on stopping being one, but I recognize that I am one )
It doesn't "beg the question." If anything, it "suggests" or "raises" the question.
Question-begging has been discussed before - http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post127272 . Note Mike New York's (last) post.
Thanks. I know the two meanings of "begging the question" and once was a devotee of pointing out the correct meaning, like you.
Originally Posted by Speedwell
— beg the question 1: to pass over or ignore a question by assuming it to be established or settled
2: to elicit a question logically as a reaction or response <the quarterback's injury begs the question of who will start in his place>
Cambridge online (doesn't even bother with the rhetorical defn)
beg the question
"If a statement or situation begs the question, it causes you to ask a particular question:
Spending the summer travelling round India is a great idea, but it does rather beg the question of how we can afford it.
To discuss the company's future begs the question whether it has a future."
It's lamentable but there you have it.
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