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DEAR ABBY: I work at a large zoo, in the children's zoo department. I cannot count the number of times I have heard parents, out of ignorance or impatience, lie to their child about the animals they are observing.

I want to ask these parents for something: Respect your child enough to admit that you sometimes don't know the answer to their question.

What is it that makes so many people want to be gurus on subjects they really don't know much about? Why do they try to answer when they should be saying; "I don't know"? There is not much that irritates me more, and I hope I don't do the same thing myself very often.
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