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"?
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