[LMB] OT: AKICOTL: I need a word

Howard Brazee 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".




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