As she notes, diagramming a sentence tells you nothing about the sentence's meaning:
At Language Log, Arnold Zwicky has a post on illeism, which I found personally relevant, as my son Aran is 3, and I find myself frequently using appa (the Tamil word for father) to refer to myself ("Appa will get you juice," etc.). He rightly dismisses the complaints of parents who blame Elmo from Sesame Street.
DEAR ABBY: Does a house "burn up" or "burn down"?
Please select a valid pick up date (DD/MM/YYYY) greater than today.
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The revamped SAT, expanded three years ago to include a writing test, predicts college success no better than the old test, and not quite as well as a student’s high school grades