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You may now consider me a fan of Geoffrey K. Pullum.

I mean, oh my god. Just read this. An excerpt:

These word sequences are not prepositions (they are not words at all), and they are not phrasal (they are sequences of independent words that are commonly kept adjacent, and in some cases they are associated with special meanings, but they don’t make up a single part or constituent of a sentence: some bits are in one phrase and some in the next). If that does not suggest to you that talking about “phrasal prepositions” is the wrong way to talk about them, then I hardly know what to say, given this new and unfamiliar policy of keeping a civil tongue in my head.

I adore this man.

God. I’m a fangirl of linguistics professors.