A periodical of Smithsonian's worthy standards has now reassured us that all of the above transgressions are myths That's right, myths that should in no way intrude on clearly written texts.. Indeed, it goes still farther by telling us:
"But perhaps the biggest grammar myth of all is the infamous taboo against splitting an infinitive, as in "to boldly go'". The truth is that you can't split an infinitive, since 'to' isn't part of the infinitive, there's nothing to split." If that gets a little technical for you, don't bother. Go back to the part that says infinitives aren't divisible and move on with a clear conscience.Smithsonian also quotes some notable sources to free us from our guilty conscience. There were the comforting words of Katharine Hepburn, who once observed:
"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."Then it closes with the outburst of an angry Raymond Chandler when a copy editor at the Atlantic Monthly messed around with the author's prose:
"When I split an in infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will remain split."That works for me.
NOTE: My column on Kasich's budget and the pizza twirlers in the Ohio General Assembly is posted on Plunderbund.