“Hi. I’m Mrs. Chili, and I’m an Infinitive-Splitter.”
I’ve been reading through a bunch of the things that I’ve written over the past year or so. I pulled a couple of my college papers from a file I found in the attic while searching for a particular sweater (the Great Clothes Switch of 2006 will happen later this weekend, but I wanted the sweater NOW, dammit!). I’ve been re-reading blog entries and comments, and I’ve made a discovery. I split infinitives. Not only do I split infinitives, but I do it all the time:
“…I hope to never have to do that again…”
“…and when it came time to truly step up to the plate….”
“…she has to constantly be in the spotlight…”
I can’t help myself; I love the emphasis that split infinitives convey.
I just hope none of my students calls me on it…