Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 11:30:26 -0400 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: begging the question can't remember who was collecting "beg the questions", but here is another. i have no idea which reading to assign to this use. i think the phrase has become so ambiguous as to be meaningless to me. from "public sector salaries 'justified'" by phillipa garson, _weekly mail and guardian_ (south africa), 4-11 april 1996: "A director of a leading mining house or public company like Escom can earn almost twice as much as the president, begging the question of whether salaries in the private sector are not grossly inflated." now, i would say that this gets the newer reading ('begging for the question to be asked'), except that the article is about public sector salaries, not private (this sentence is sort of a non-sequitur paragraph), so maybe they are using the old meaning ('avoiding the question'). i dunno. lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA