Thursday, January 05, 2006

Third person, singular

Matt realized yesterday how often he refers to himself in the third person, like when he is talking to his kids. "Wait for Daddy," he says. Why not, "Wait for me"? He is not sure. Maybe he is trying to assure his children that he is an authority figure. Maybe he has a disturbing mental problem. Maybe he is still learning how to speak the language. It is hard for him to say.

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