[Ads-l] A puzzle for prescriptivists

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jul 31 15:26:34 UTC 2018

Does “to cold email”, as in the subject line, count as a split infinitive?  If not (since arguably “cold-email” is a verb), Mr. Duane makes sure with his “how to effectively cold email” in the body of the text.


> Begin forwarded message:
> From: T.J. Duane 
> Subject: How to cold email Yale alums (and get a response!)
> Date: July 31, 2018 at 8:31:44 AM EDT
> To: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> Hi Laurence,
> You know the Yale network can be pretty powerful, right? The people who went to your school can really help you get ahead.
> But first, you have to actually connect with them (not just click connect on Linkedin). So how do you reach out to an alum you find interesting without seeming...totally awkward?
> Here are a few tips on how to effectively cold email an alum and a template you can use. (3 minute read) […]
> I hope this is helpful!
> Best, 
> T.J.

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