Yes, my understanding is that Victorian grammarians decided that, as you
couldn't split infinitives in Latin (as the infinitive verb form is a
single word), it was wrong to do so in English as well. Personally, I
think that "to boldly go" sounds much better than either "boldly to go"
or "to go boldly".
As we seem to be giving our pet bad grammar hates, I'll mention my own.
Over the last ten or twenty years even seemingly quite well-educated
people have increasingly been saying "I was stood" or "I was sat"
instead of "I was sitting" or "I was standing". (The same applies if you
replace "was" with "am".) They wouldn't dream of saying "I was ran" or
"I am ran", so why has it become almost universal? It seems to be a
wholly British thing, as I don't recall ever hearing an American mangle
the language in this way.
John Hall "George the Third
Ought never to have occurred.
No I didn't actually. I was really busy that day and scarcely skimmed
the paper. In fact I sat up in bed this morning and opened it for the
fist time (I always take it to bed) and skimmed it. I got to the letters
and that was it. I haven't looked at the Sunday Times yet. It's
ridiculous. We get a paper bill of £70 and I don't have time to read the
damned things. Of course 'er indoors likes her Daily Mirror of a
morning, then she pores over the Times later on. We take two locals, the
Donny Free Press and the Rotherham Advertiser. I only look at the
letters page in the DFP because I'm often on it, and sometimes others
slag me off there. I sometimes read bits from the Advertiser because of
all the hoo-ha in Rotherham with the CSA and that.
Ordering something that you know can't be delivered immediately
that you know will be delivered later when it becomes available.
What else are you going to call that that is so succinct and obvious in
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