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#1 2020-01-15 15:37:30

From: Ohio
Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 227

"begs the question", a new level

Now that “begs the question” has come to mean “raises the question” (which saddens me greatly), it is evolving on its own. Today I heard a talk radio host (not a famous one) say “Here’s the question this begs me”. Where did the “me” come from?

As misuse continues to change the meanings of words (which it always has, of course), I sometimes wonder how we are going to say certain things in the future. Once “literally” comes to mean “figuratively”, how are we going to say “She literally broke her arm”?

“I always wanted to be somebody. I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin



#2 2020-01-15 19:30:51

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2359

Re: "begs the question", a new level

Maybe, considering the irritation you manifest, Bruce, it is a correption of “Here’s the question this bugs me (with)”. (It could also be “the question this begs me [to answer]” I suppose. That might be a kind of “begs [of/from] me”, too. Ya reckon?)

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2020-01-15 19:37:55)

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



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