[LMB] OT: AKICOTL: I need a word
howard at brazee.net
Thu Nov 12 18:17:38 GMT 2009
Hilary Powers wrote:
> Howard Brazee wrote:
>> That doesn't stop academics from such stupidities as when they decided
>> that we shouldn't have split infinitives (because Latin didn't). And
>> it makes it tough when I want to shout out "That's not what 'begging the
>> question' means!".
> I have quite good luck when I suggest "raising the question" as an
> alternative and point out that although "begging the question" is
> frequently used for that purpose, it will distract and irritate a subset
> of the readership, and when people are thinking about the language
> instead of about the message, they're easy to lose....
I use "raising the question" too - but I recognize, that the battle is
lost, and try not to get irritated when someone else uses the "modern"
usage of "begging the question".
More information about the Lois-Bujold