I have two new kittens: Tibor and Maddie. They're shelter babies, brother and sister.
Maddie's the looker, complete with a perfect Charlie Chaplain mustache. But Tibor's the talented one. He fetches. And I don't mean he kind of does something that could be interpreted as fetching. I mean he chases his little pink soccer ball, grabs it in his mouth and then runs back to me and drops it at my feet for me to throw — over and over again. The amazing thing is that we never taught him. He just started doing it, perfectly, right from the get-go. (In case you don't believe me, I'm posting proof at grammarsnobs/kitties.com.)
How did Tibor know how to fetch? And, more importantly, how — oh, how — am I going to segue from this self-serving kitty ditty into a grammar column?