"Beg the question" misused

Subject: "Beg the question" misused
From: Arthur Comings <atc -at- CORTE-MADERA -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 1995 10:26:00 PST

> According to PJ, we would still be in India if our midddle class
> had married into the Indian middle class instead of becoming
> instant racist aristos the moment they set foot on the
> This, of course, begs the question -- why should the Indians have
> gone along with this? But it's a perceptive observation.

> In this sentence, "begs the question" doesn't seem to be avoiding the issue at
> all. Do you think that it has been used correctly here?

No, I don't. It's a good example of how it's being misused lately.

Arthur Comings

Corte Madera, California
atc -at- corte-madera -dot- geoquest -dot- slb -dot- com

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