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I Lived It: He Left Me for a Girl Who Uses “Begs the Question” Erroneously


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Betrayal is a common theme in our post-truth society. I’ve known betrayal. I’ve known it since a very young age. It doesn’t break my heart anymore when people betray me: I have long since stopped letting anyone in on me, my earnestness and sincerity. So, when I found out my white boyfriend of three years, Andy, cheated on me, I spent no time wallowing. I dropped him without a thought and went on with my life. That is – until I discovered that the girl he cheated on me with is one who uses the phrase “begs the question” erroneously. 

I found out about this piece of information last Saturday night at home on my iPhone (SE 2nd Generation). I was casually scrolling on Twitter, just a quick glance, over my ex’s new girl’s tweets from 2017. I came across this one tweet: “This begs the question: is it time to go back to brunch yet?” Readers, my jaw was on the floor. Did this girl seriously just invoke the logical fallacy in an erroneous manner?

“Beg the question” (Latin: petitio principii) is an informal fallacy in classical rhetoric and logic that occurs when an argument’s premises assume the truth of the conclusion, instead of supporting it. It is a type of circular reasoning: an argument that requires that the desired conclusion be true. 

Does Andy’s new girl know that? No. She never bothered to learn about the proper usage of all the logical fallacies. I bet she also never bothered to know the difference between dual consciousness and double consciousness. Would she understand the concept of accelerationism? I doubt it. 

Good riddance. I’m glad Andy showed his true colors to me by fucking a girl behind my back – not just any girl. A girl who does not know her strawman from her false dilemma.