An apt malapropism

“Begging the question” does not mean to invite inquiry, but to assume the conclusion of an argument in its premise. Greg Sheridan’s use of this malapropism in “A lethal blow for government scheme” (The Australian, 27/6) is unintentionally apt, as he argues that Australia’s carbon price is dead on the say-so of U.S. uber-Republican Jim Sensenbrenner, who wants it that way.

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