Unless one has made some detailed study of the field of rhetoric, and the use and misuse of logical fallacies therein, one is almost certainly not using the phrase “begs/begging the question” correctly. Yes, world – UR DOIN IT RONG.
That’s right, Senator George Brandis, I am currently looking at you (re Lateline 2010-08-04). The two phrases are not synonyms, but most journos and pollies currently appear little better (Geraldine Doogue and Philip Adams are honoured exceptions who know how to phrase such things properly, there probably are a few more), despite this being literally sophomoric debating team stuff.
This repeated usage error is teeth-grindingly obstreperating. I don’t understand why it always seems to be at its most prolifically misused during election campaigns, but it is. Two and a half more weeks – can I survive without exploding?