Dear John Stewart,
Would all you numbnuts in the media kindly refrain from saying “That begs the question”?
When all you really mean, invariably, is: “That raises the question.”
I know you think it sounds like a smart thing to say, but you are only making yourselves out to be a higher form of dumb ass.
Happily, you may rely on me to point out your pompous buffoonery, a subject wherein I am most assuredly your superior.
To “beg the querstion” has a highly specific meaning, with a provenance in debating circles:
“Begging the question” is a form of logical fallacy in which an argument is assumed to be true without evidence other than the argument itself. When one begs the question, the initial assumption of a statement is treated as already proven without any logic to show why the statement is true in the first place.
So stop. Please stop. My mind is going. I can feel it.