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to deliberately split an infinitive in a thread title?

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MardyBra Wed 23-Nov-11 15:24:42

Psammead has put me in charge of pedant baiting when she is in charge at the weekend, when everyone is off at the meet-up. Thought I'd get a bit of practice in.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 23-Nov-11 15:26:38

"To boldly go where no man has gone before". Beat you, sexism and split infinitive in one.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 23-Nov-11 15:27:18

The structure of the second sentence was pretty shocking as well. Bwahahaha.

Psammead Wed 23-Nov-11 15:28:01

Good work.

To really appreciate how hard this is for some people to even read, you need to thoroughly have read the complaints column in the Guardian.

MardyBra Wed 23-Nov-11 15:29:33

MrsTP - which sentance do you mean?

ConOfScience Wed 23-Nov-11 15:32:51


who's in charge?

Psammead, we need to have a meeting about this. You can't just go appointing people without my input grin

Psammead Wed 23-Nov-11 15:35:23

My idea, Con. My letter to HQ.

Therefore I am in charge.

[stern look]

I think Mardy would make the most excellent pedant baiter.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 23-Nov-11 15:36:50

sentance, MardyBra? That made even my teeth itch.

ConOfScience Wed 23-Nov-11 15:37:57


There's no I in TEAM


Psammead Wed 23-Nov-11 15:38:47

No, but there is ME.

You can be in charge of pilfering from the prize cupboard, if you like. [gracious]

ConOfScience Wed 23-Nov-11 15:39:38

<wets self>



MardyBra Wed 23-Nov-11 15:45:32

Bugger off you two with you're thread hijack.

Psammead Wed 23-Nov-11 15:46:06

Sorry hun.

We should of arsked first.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 23-Nov-11 15:47:34

I think you mean arksed (at least that is how it is said in Croydon, innit).

habbibu Wed 23-Nov-11 15:47:57

Nothing wrong with a split infinitive. So ner.

Psammead Wed 23-Nov-11 15:48:31

Oh crap.


Maryz Wed 23-Nov-11 15:51:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Psammead Wed 23-Nov-11 15:52:42

I'm with you hun. Well commen.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 23-Nov-11 15:53:00


MrsTerryPratchett Wed 23-Nov-11 15:53:25

<throws up in mouth a little>

MardyBra Wed 23-Nov-11 15:54:00

Habbibu. Could you please pacifically give me some good examples of where it would be asseptible.

ConOfScience Wed 23-Nov-11 15:57:52

I could of been the boss.

But I know the Psammead is more better for the job.

MardyBra Wed 23-Nov-11 15:58:45

Seriously though, DH and I have been arguing about this for about 20 years. I think it's fine to split an infinitive, but would avoid it in formal writing. He thinks we should stick to an arbitrary rule that some grammarians made up a few centuries ago.

Psammead Wed 23-Nov-11 15:58:59

Aww hun thats sweet of you hun i know you would of been grate to but i just sort of got their furst you know. Thanks hun your swee.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 23-Nov-11 16:01:22

I think a lot of rules came from annoying Public school boys Latin and it was assumed that English should have the same rules. English doesn't have or need to have the same rules as a Romantic language, which does not share it's derivation.


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