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Thread #132499 Message #4082184
Posted By: Steve Shaw
06-Dec-20 - 04:57 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
He's merely reflecting modern usage, Jos (though I dunno what "unintentionally" is supposed to mean, and he's got hold of the wrong end of the stick in any case).
Here's unpretentious: "Arsenal's recent poor form raises the question as to whether they should strengthen their attack."
Here's pretentious: "Arsenal's recent poor form begs the question as to whether they should strengthen their attack."
Now why would any rational person use the latter construction? It's right up there with saying "albeit" instead of "though" or "prior to" instead of "before." Frankly, such things are not big and they're not clever...