Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 09:28:30 -0500 From: Jesse T Sheidlower Subject: Re: Question-begging > > I'm passing this along from a non-ADS colleague, who wonders whether anyone > else has noticed what she calls > > 'this new quasi literal use of "beg the question" to mean something like > 'strongly prompt one to ask the question', as in e.g. "Your lateness begs > the question 'What kept you?'"? I think there was an occurrence of it in > The American President (which we saw (and at least I enjoyed) last > weekend), and I also heard one last night on TV.' > > I haven't noticed it myself, but it strikes me as a plausible addition to add > to our stock of folk-etymologized collocations and proverbs. > --Larry I've noticed an increasing use of this over the last few years, and we have a few citations for it. I think there was a discussion about it on alt.usage.english a few months ago as well. Some general questioning has suggested that most younger people don't even realize what the original sense is. Jesse Sheidlower