Antedating of "Split Infinitive"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 27 01:36:37 UTC 2008

split infinitive (OED 1897)

1890 _Scots Observer_ 13 Sept. 439 (British Periodicals Collection)  The split infinitive ('to solemnly curse') is a captain jewel in the carcanet.

Fred Shapiro

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