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Old 11-01-2012, 02:18 AM   #18067
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Originally Posted by DAKEZ View Post
Only to those who bastardize the language.

(like those who call jogging and recreational riding a "Sport")
This is another case where a little research can be a big help.

If you look up the etymology and many definitions of the word "sport" you'll find it is clearly not limited to "competitive activity".

It originally meant "to take pleasure, to amuse oneself," from Anglo-Fr. disport, O.Fr. desport "pastime, recreation, pleasure," from desporter "to divert, amuse, please, play" < < from online etymology dictionary

I'm pretty sure you realize the meaning of words and phrases can change over time.

Decimate used to mean reduce by 1/10, now it is used to mean obliterate.

"Begging (or Begs) the question" is strictly defined as a specific kind of logical fallacy: (Latin petitio principii, "assuming the initial point")
Modern usage has morphed the most common meaning into "raises the question".
It still bugs me a bit when someone says "begs the question" the "wrong" way - but then I remind myself that is probably because I am being a geek.
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