Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

Carrots, Sticks, and the Begging of Questions

Posted by Neal on May 2, 2004

Frequent commentator trumpit sent me the link to an LA Times article by Peter Garrison. In it, Garrison complains about how the idiom “to beg the question” has almost entirely lost its original meaning. These days, it is mostly used to mean, “to induce one to ask the question,” as in this typical example: more

One Response to “Carrots, Sticks, and the Begging of Questions”

  1. […] since before it spun off from Agoraphilia, you might remember a post I wrote on the metaphor of carrots and sticks. For a fresher, and more researched look at this topic, check out Jan Freeman’s column from […]

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