I stumbled upon this when I was studying for my linguistics class in the library at uni, it’s from the book The Story of English, How the English Language Conquered the World by Philip Gooden and thought I’d have to share, here’s the caption:

The most famous example of the split infinitive in English occurs in the introductory voice over to the popular television science fiction series Star Trek: “To boldly go where no man has gone before." George Bernard Shaw had no time for crusaders against split infinitives, once writing to The Times: "There is a busybody on your staff who devotes a lot of time to chasing split infinitives: I call for the immediate dismissal of this pedant. It is of no consequence whether he decides to go quickly or to quickly go or quickly to go. The importance is that he should go at once.”

I stumbled upon this when I was studying for my linguistics class in the library at uni, it’s from the book The Story of English, How the English Language Conquered the World by Philip Gooden and thought I’d have to share, here’s the caption:

The most famous example of the split infinitive in English occurs in the introductory voice over to the popular television science fiction series Star Trek: “To boldly go where no man has gone before." George Bernard Shaw had no time for crusaders against split infinitives, once writing to The Times: "There is a busybody on your staff who devotes a lot of time to chasing split infinitives: I call for the immediate dismissal of this pedant. It is of no consequence whether he decides to go quickly or to quickly go or quickly to go. The importance is that he should go at once.”

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    English AND science (fiction)! Some of my favorite things, all together! \o/
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    this makes me goofy happy.
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    ha ha, awesome. Rules are meant to be broken, maaaaan! :3
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    I remember you mentioning this and am so happy to finally see it! What an awesome example to find lurking in an English...
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