[Ads-l] Further Antedating of "Split Infinitive"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 24 16:47:03 UTC 2022

split infinitive (OED 1897)

Wikipedia has the following:

"Reviews: A Novel in Journalese"<https://books.google.com/books?id=94oeAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA439>. The Scots Observer. IV (95): 489. September 13, 1890. Retrieved 2018-04-27. The split infinitive ('to solemnly curse') is a captain jewel in the carcanet [referring to 'gems' of a novel's grammar].

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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