What's everywhere? Incorrect references to the "begging the question" logical fallacy. I know, it's a little needle, but it annoys all the same.
A while back someone corrected me on my use of begs the question. I had used the phrase when "raises the question" was appropriate. Now, just like a reformed ... you name it ..., I can see the annoying begging everywhere.
Let's set the record straight with an example: Your friend is about to leave on a three-week vacation to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He calls to tell you what he packed. He says, "Since tomorrow's weather in Sault Ste. Marie is going to be 75 degrees, I only packed summer clothes."
He comment raises a question: Did he also pack his swimming suit?
The question raised flows from the comment -- if one packs for summer weather, a bathing suit is an essential.
His argument also begs a question: What makes him believe that the weather in Sault Ste. Marie during May will stay summer-like for three weeks?
Here the premise itself is called into question. His packing argument works if you assume -- with him -- that the weather in Sault Ste. Marie is unchanging in May. Of course, that is one hefty assumption.
Remember to beg only when begging is due; raise in all other instances.