In an article that examines Sarah Palin’s convoluted speech patterns
, grammarian Kitty Burns Florey provides this delightful bird analogy:
The sentences she uttered in interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and Katie Couric seem to twitter all over the place like Mourning Doves frightened at the feeder. Which left me wondering: What can we learn from diagramming them?
If, like me, the very thought of diagramming sentences brings back the most absolutely horrific memories of high school English and you have therefore forgotten everything you ever knew about the topic, a Google search for sentence diagramming
will yield many helpful guides, if you have the courage to go there.