Beg Pardon

 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.

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