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Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2005-11-09 22:35:08

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'bait the question' for 'beg the question'

One can, of course, bait an interlocutor by asking annoying questions. You can also entice (bait) someoen into debate with a good question. Since many people don’t understand what it means to beg a question, it’s easy to run all these activities together. (note- the database already has ‘beckon the question’). About 300 ghits:

Don’t bait the question by asking if it has to do with money, leave it an open-ended question. … 1096184160

It does bait the question where we get the money to administer the program … … 0396lb.htm

You are trying to bait the question by debating whether things “truely exist.”

He baits the question – will they simply adopt western dance ideology or will
they find their own contemporary dance voice?

Looking around me at the many people of different faiths baits the question, “Aren’t we all asking for the same thing when we pray?

This, of course, baits the question that is inevitably asked of every modern armourer: Why?

The end also baits the question, What’s the point?

Your attempt at question baiting and semantic subterfuge doesn’t impress me.



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