Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 14:43:44 -0500
From: Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IS2.NYU.EDU
Subject: Re: standardization of non-standard forms

At 02:04 PM 3/20/98 EST, RonButters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM wrote:
BEGS THE QUESTION in this sense has taken on a real vogue usage, I think, but
as has been pointed out here (?) before, it is not new. At least my memory is
that I was surprised to learn that dictionaries have been listing this "new"
usage for years (I just checked my AMERICAN HBERITAGE, though, and don't find

On "beg the question," see OED2 beg v., meaning 6, first citation 1581.

See also OED2 beggar n., meaning 4, first citation 1579.

It seems to be especially favored in philosophical or classical-logic contexts.

I happen to first recall it from undergrad philosophy courses at the end of
the 1970s.

{I've been away for a week; there may be things in old messages for me to
respond to, when I find time this weekend.}

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]