It’s funny that I notice so many split infinitives. If you’re old school, this is considered incorrect, but there are certain instances where it just seems to sound right. Perhaps it’s because we do it so often in conversation that it has become a natural – though not exactly grammatically correct in my opinion – way of speaking. Most people have no idea what a split infinitive is, so I’ll briefly explain by supplying a well-known example: “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” This, as you probably recall, is the quote from the opening of Star Trek, spoken by Captain James T. Kirk. The verb here is “to go” but it has been split by the adverb, “boldly.”

So, if I was to give you an analogy, I’d say that two parents who are trying to cuddle together are split apart by their whining toddler. That “boldly” has some bold notions, doesn’t he? He’s the spoiled toddler who wants to separate two verbs who are supposed to stay linked. The grammatically correct way to phrase this is “to go boldly where no man has gone before.”

But, modern day dictionaries state that it’s okay to split the infinitive, and after all, it’s Star Trek blasphemy to try to change it anyway. In certain circles, there are those who still wish to hold true to the old rules of grammar. I guess I would classify myself as an old school grammarian.

Please, if you’re a Trekkie, don’t send me hate mail for pointing out this grammatical error!