On Sat, 11 Jun 2005 14:02:45 +0000 (UTC), CyberCypher
> John Seeliger wrote:"Begs the question" does NOT clearly mean "raises the
> > We all know about the misuse of "begs the question" when raises is
> > clearly meant. But how about "beckons the question"?
> > http://www.fatwallet.com/t/67/453910/:
> > "I guess this beckons the question: will anyone ever be able to
> > compete with eBay?"
> This is what most people have meant all along.
question". That's a corruption of the original meaning,
which was to "assume the truth of a thing to be proved or a
thing equivalent to it" (_New Shorter Oxford_)
Apparently, people heard "beg the question", thought they
Another misuse that has made its way into dictionaries is
When you say "begs the question", you can't depend upon its
I'd never heard "beckons the question", but I think it's a
Down with Miss Thistlebottom:
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