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Thread #132499 Message #4082049
Posted By: Steve Shaw
05-Dec-20 - 03:59 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Begging the question in its original meaning refers to a circular argument, one in which the conclusion is assumed to be true even before the question is asked, thus: "God exists because it says so in the Bible. And the Bible is the word of God." Petitio principii, an informal logical fallacy. Unfortunately, you'll raise an eyebrow these days if you use the expression in that way. Today, most people use it pretentiously to mean raising the question, to the extent that this degraded usage is now standard English. A battle lost.