Monday, August 13, 2012

Oh, to happily split an infinitive

Yes, it is true. Fourteen years ago today, the Oxford English Dictionary declared that we speakers and writers of the English language were now allowed - encouraged even - to legally and gleefully split our infinitives. No more would we be put in the stocks by annoying pendants for declaring that we wish to quickly run to the store, in order to cheaply acquire some Calamine lotion for the poison ivy that afflicts several of our body parts. If the OED, the arbiter of all things grammatical and etymological, says it is okay to blithely split, then split away.


Richard said...

The prohibition against splitting infinitives has been beaten into my head. This happened back in the 1950's, and it's doubtful that I will ever be able to liberate myself.
Still, I was unaware of this ruling, and it is good to know. Thank you.

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