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What's your policy concerning misuse of English?

What do you think of misuse of English in your books? For example "Python Data Science Handbook" by Jake Vanderplas has a classic example in its preface: "This begs the question: what is Data Science?". Just search for "begs the question" in Google and you will see that its use here was inappropriate. The expression "raises the question" would have been more appropriate. The point is that "begs the question" is actually quite subtle and misusing it this way will destroy the concept.
Do you have any rules about misuse?
Do you allow words like "anyways" for example?
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  • Hi Henri.

    We do our best to avoid errors in our books, both in code examples or in body text, but mistakes do slip through.

    We aim for books that sound conversational, not stuffy. People don't always use exactly the right terms when they speak, so sometimes our books reflect that.

    Regarding the specific example you cited, the perceived meaning of the phrase "begs the question" appears to be changing, and dictionaries are changing with it. As noted in this blog post, one of the definitions that Merriam-Webster lists for "beg the question" is "to elicit a question logically as a reaction or response"--and the dictionary doesn't indicate that this definition is nonstandard or slang.

    Our language is always changing, sometimes in ways we wish it wouldn't!

    Thanks for being an attentive reader.

    Best,

    -Dawn
    Development Editor
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