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Pet peeve

Dear Anyone Who Wants to Write or Speak in English:

“Beg the question” does not – not – mean “raise the question.” It does not mean that. I’m not going to tell you want it means. If you want to know what it means, google it. Until you know what it means, don’t use it. All I’ll tell you for sure is that it does not – not – mean “raise the question.” It doesn’t ever mean that. Ever. So stop using it as if it does. OK? Just stop. Thank you.


  1. Will wrote:

    Amen! This goes double for people who get paid specifically to write or speak in English.

    Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 21:00 | Permalink
  2. Joe Petrides wrote:

    But this only begs the question, is there really any use in preserving correct grammar?

    Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 15:44 | Permalink
  3. Don’t get that one here in Germany, but don’t give them ideas. People are always saying “so-called” as if it isn’t prejorative, and then I kill them.

    Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 01:23 | Permalink

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