Let’s Beg the Question

I’m not sure who started misusing the term “beg the question”, but my first recollection is from a Dan Rather news cast. I’m not going to beat around the bush. “Begging the question” doesn’t mean asking it, it means avoiding answering it. So if the power fails, it doesn’t beg the question “why?”. If a power company spokesman was asked why the power went out, and he said “you know, people really don’t like the power company”, he is begging the question.

Got that, Dan? How ’bout you, Brian and Katie? Good to go? Gosh, is Dan still on the air? (we don’t have TV out here)

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