begs the question : Common Errors in English

About begs the question

An argument that improperly assumes as true the very point the speaker is trying to argue for is said in formal logic to “beg the question.” Here is an example of a question-begging argument: “This painting is trash because it is obviously worthless.” The speaker is simply asserting the worthlessness of the work, not presenting any evidence to demonstrate that this is in fact the case. Since we never use “begs” with this odd meaning (“to improperly take for granted”) in any other phrase, most people now suppose the phrase implies something quite different: that the argument demands that a question about it be asked—raises the question. Although using the expression in its original sense is now rare, using it in the newer sense will cause irritation among traditionalists.

begs the question in News

  1. Favorite Ballpark Food (Poll)

    The Spokane Indians open the season Friday against the Everett AquaSox live on SWX at 6:30 p.m. That begs the question, what is the best ballpark food? Make sure to vote in the poll above.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: KHQ Spokane

  2. A New Patent Issued For Art Form Parleau - The Artist/Inventor Simon Raab Condemns His Own $2 Billion Art Factory

    NEW YORK, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While the world of patent rights argues about whether the human gene can be patented, an equally controversial patent issued for a new art form begs the question: ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Votto will get a day off -- just not quite yet

    Dusty Baker wouldn't mind giving Joey Votto a day off. But it begs the question: How do you find time to rest your first baseman when you're chasing the best team in the league (the Cardinals), and he's swinging a hot bat?
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Cincinnati Reds

Lightning fast vocabulary building for SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT and CAT