Nifty Words

  • Printer’s Devil: via OED (Oxford English Dictionary)
1683    J. Moxon Mech. Exercises II. Dict. 383   The Press-man sometimes has a Week-Boy to Take Sheets, as they are Printed off the Tympan: These Boys do in a Printing-House, commonly black and Dawb themselves: whence the Workmen do Jocosely call them Devils; and sometimes Spirits, and sometimes Flies.

To beg the question does not mean “to raise the question.”  This is a common error of usage made by those who mistake the word “question” in the phrase to refer to a literal question.

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