Kitty Burns Florey Diagrams Sarah Palin over at Slate
“Once we start diagramming political sentences, the diagram’s indifference to meaning can be especially striking. … let’s take a crack at a few of Palin’s doozies. From the Katie Couric interview:
It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where—where do they go?
A diagrammer doesn’t care about who “they” are in that last stuttered question or fuss over the problem of the head-rearing Putin coming into our “air space.” A diagrammer simply diagrams. I didn’t have a clue about what to do with the question that ends it. Otherwise, in its mice chase cats way, the sentence is perfectly diagrammable.”
Hat tip to Mr. T.