Wednesday, July 16, 2008

NYTimes begs the question

Discussing chocolate chip coookies, invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield
What other explanation can there be for the wan versions and unfortunate misinterpretations that have popped up everywhere — eggless and sugarless renditions; cookies studded with carob, tofu and marijuana; whole-wheat alternatives; and the terribly misguided bacon-topped variety.

All this crossbreeding begs the question: Has anyone trumped Mrs. Wakefield?
As wikipedia points out, "begs the question" strictly means something other than "the question naturally follows". The fact that the NYT now uses the informal "begs the question" indicates that the strict sense is becoming history.

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