[Ads-l] Headline at Florida Friday:

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 2 00:53:32 UTC 2016

On Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 8:39 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> It depends.  If it's the burglar's pet flying mammal who turned on him and
> took a chunk out of his hide (I assume it's a him; statistics show that
> over 75% of all burglars with pet bats are male), the "by" seems like a
> more natural preposition.

A reasonable analysis!

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