[R-SIG-Mac] learning R

Carl Witthoft carl at witthoft.com
Tue Dec 14 00:50:52 CET 2010

Rolf -- you da man!

Based on the literary quality of your epistle below, I will be sure to 
call upon your services should I ever need some some organization to be 


On 12/13/10 1:49 PM, Rolf Turner wrote:
> On 13/12/2010, at 10:05 PM, Jari Oksanen wrote:
>> I just wonder why the other supposed "misuse" was completely ignored in this
>> thread: there are many things in R that are "begging the question" but
>> nobody dares to ask.
> The phrase ``to beg the question'' means to indulge in circular reasoning;
> to assume what is to be proven.  Unfortunately that meaning is becoming lost
> in the wilderness of ignorance that surrounds us, and the phrase is almost
> universally used to mean ``to raise the question'' or ``to evince the necessity
> of an answer to the question''.  The language thus loses subtlety and nuance,
> and Newspeak takes over and limits our ability to express our thoughts.  And
> that is doubleplus ungood! :-)
> 	cheers,
> 		Rolf Turner

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