Raise, Don’t Beg

I have several times criticized misuse of the expression “beg the question” (look it up), so I like it when someone gets it right:

But this raises the question: why do EV cars need different tires, if conventional tires have already evolved to virtual perfection? The answer lies in weight difference. EVs are heavier than conventional cars, and the greater the weight, the more rapidly tires wear down. 


(I quoted the two sentences after it in case you were curious about the answer to the question itself.)

Remember: “begging the question” is making the fallacy of offering what you want to prove as evidence for its proof.

Okay, I like pictures. Here’s one from the article:

Goodyear Just Followed Michelin in Launching New Specialized EV Tires

Abbreviations With Periods

Some abbreviations don’t have periods, such as “NASA.” And we pronounce it like a word. But some abbreviations are easily misunderstood without periods. For example, the abbreviation for “United States.” Without the periods, the U.S. might be treated as a pronoun. See below:


When I first saw this, I considered making it into a lesson about “we” and “us.” Then I read the whole sentence. Saying “U.S. diplomats” would have removed the ambiguity, wouldn’t it?

Periodize your abbreviations when you need to remove ambiguity!