Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 16:31:25 -0500
From: Bob Haas rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: More on warp speed
Using Dale's post as a starting point, I'd like to ask the question--why
are split infinitives bad things? As a journalism major in my undergrad
days, the rule was always cited (particularly by my News Editing
professor) for us students, but never explained, "Because that's the way
it is. Why do you want to know?"
The reason I want to know why this is considered wrong is because we CAN
split our constructed infinitives in English. Of course, one can't split
a one-word infinitive in languages such as French or German or Latin, but
the very fact that we can do such in English simply means that we have a
little more flexibility in that particular aspect. I'd really like to
know because I'd like a little more to tell my interested students than
"Because . . . ."
Bob, who was born to blithely ask what no etc., etc., etc.
On Mon, 12 Feb 1996, Dale F.Coye wrote:
I think every American in their thirties or forties must know what warp
speed means. It was popularized in Star Trek starting in the late 60s and
it's as much a part of our language as "beam me up" or the phrase "to boldly
go where no man has gone before," which gave a legitimacy to the split
infinitive that no antiquated usage guide will ever be able to destroy.