Our back garden has a rectangular building in one corner (land was sold
off many yaers ago, long before we came here). It is accessed from a
nearby side street; used to be a carpenter's workshop, then a taxi
control room, then a 'mens health club'!
I got a plumber in to do a really tricky bit of work (he's very good,
and it took *him* longer than he thought). Our stopcock was seized so he
turned the water off using the external stopcock. We didn't know that
the feed for the building in the garden (yes, a brothel) was taken
*after* the external stopcock.
He'd parked his van out by the side gate (next to this building) and
when he went out to get something, a woman came out and said that the
water had gone off (it later transpired that a client had been having an
'assisted shower' at the time). He apologised and said it wouldn't be
long, and came back in and told me.
I then related what went on there, and he clearly was very sceptical. As
I said, the job took longer than expected, and when he'd finished he
knocked on the door to tell them the water was back on. He came back to
me looking very shocked: "the woman who answered the door had next to
We soon had a proper stopcock, and no further troubles there. Except
that they never had a letterbox (to stop local residents putting nasty
stuff through it, as some had, apparently). The local water company
wanted to cut them off for not paying the bills they never received, but
couldn't gain access. So they dug up the street, and put in an extra
stopcock in the street (the other external one was just inside our
gate). Then they fitted the piece that cuts off the water. I came home
from work to find no water! They fixed that at once and said they'd be
back to separate the pipes, but they've never done it.
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in Failsworth there's an establishment called Lady Janes. It's right
next door to the tesco petrol station they've just built. They
advertise along with many other places in the Manchester Evening News
too - in the health clubs bit I think...
Someone's bought the run down building next door to it, don't know
who, but am interested to see what they do with it.
Ah fetch it yourself if you can't wait for delivery
Modern usage controversy
More recently, to beg the question has been used by some as a synonym for
"to raise the question", or to indicate that "the question really ought to
be addressed". For example, "This year's budget deficit is half a trillion
dollars. This begs the question: how are we ever going to balance the
budget?" This usage is often criticized by proponents of the traditional
meaning, but has nonetheless come into sufficiently widespread use that it
is now the most common use of the term. The phrases circular reasoning,
circular logic, and circular arguments have come to be used in places where
logicians would tend to use "beg the question".
You might be losing the battle there. I've heard it used to mean that
which it does not time and time again on the TV and radio. Its like
the word "fulsome", which meant more or less the opposite of how it is
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