Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 16:31:25 -0500 From: Bob Haas 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. >