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November 27, 2008
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All of a sudden I hear broadcasters everywhere saying, "That begs the question," when they mean, "That brings up or suggests the question."Begging the question is a false argumentative technique, but it's being used in this other sense so often, that it behooves old-fashioned rear-guard grammar activists like me to simply accept it and move on.Like splitting infinitives and ending sentences with prepositions and using like as an adverb.All the sudden I feel very old and inconsequential.
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