Antedating of "Split Infinitive"

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Sat Dec 27 16:54:39 UTC 2008

On 27 Dec 2008, at 16:27, Chris Waigl wrote:
> If you need a postdating, there's one in the Times Digital Archive, in
> an obituary of March 16, 1933, which ends wthus: "Let us remember him
> as he would have us remember him, with a 'carcanet of smiles' and not
> with a 'rosary of tears.'" (I took a screenshot, in case someone finds
> it useful.)

I have to take this one back because it is just a quote, too, from a
source cited in the OED:

1876 MACFARREN Harmony vi. (ed. 2) 191 This a carcanet of smiles, the
other, a rosary of tears.

It occurs in a few more obits.

Chris Waigl

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