Today's non sequitur

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Mar 5 16:27:44 UTC 2013

On Mar 5, 2013, at 10:34 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> From Yahoo! News: The Week:
> The rule against splitting infinitives — that is, putting an adverb between
> the word *to* and a verb — was pretty much made up out of whole cloth by
> early 19-century grammarians, apparently because they felt the proper model
> for English was Latin, and in Latin, infinitive-splitting is impossible.
> However, English is not Latin, and infinitives have been profitably split
> by many great writers, from Hemingway ("But I would come back to where it
> pleases me to live; to really live") to Gene Rodenberry  ("to boldly go
> where no man has gone before"). It's okay to boldly do it.
> SEE MORE: Prostitute claims she made up accusations against Sen. Robert
> Menendez.
I hadn't been following the Menendez case--did it involve her claiming he split an infinitive and him denying it?  One of those he said/she said affairs?


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