Tag Archives: Phrases

Begging The Question

Although not much encountered these days, the original meaning of the phrase “to beg the question” refers to a piece of faulty logic, which H.W. Fowler’s Dictionary Of Modern English Usage (1926) defines as: The fallacy of founding a conclusion on a basis that as much needs to be proved as the conclusion itself Fowler … Continue reading Begging The Question

Out Of An Abundance Of Caution

The office of Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., announced April 9 he had a positive test for the coronavirus after visiting the emergency room “out of an abundance of caution” the evening of April 6.[…]“Congresswoman Fletcher sought professional medical treatment out of an abundance of caution. At the determination of her physician, she was tested for … Continue reading Out Of An Abundance Of Caution


ˈsnəʊkləʊn Snowclone: “A multi-use, customizable, instantly recognizable, time-worn, quoted or misquoted phrase or sentence that can be used in an entirely open array of different jokey variants by lazy journalists and writers” (Pullum, 2003) That definition undoubtedly requires explanation. Geoffrey Pullum,  in my quote above, was appealing for a word to fit his definition. He … Continue reading Snowclone