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Chris -- 2011-03-08
These 2 words tend to be confused a lot, despite only a minimal similarity in meaning (they both describe mishaps, I guess.).Here are susbstitution instyances in either direction: ‘Cry over split milk’ gets 400+ ghits. ‘Spilt infinitive’ is rarer, perhaps because people who care about grammar check their prose. Examples of both:
While always told by his mum never to cry over split milk, Ponting could not help himself as he burst out in tears…
Firstly remember it takes two to tango!! And secondly please don’t cry over split milk…
Let bygones be bygones. Don’t cry over split milk or moan about yesterday”s losses. xuanhua.org/viewthread.php?tid=3584
This should be a time of jubilee in Cape Breton, an occasion to pop champagne corks, not cry over split milk.
What follows is a rambling history/op-ed piece filled with dead-ends and the
It said, in part: “language pedants will be eager to hear that their particular
joy, the spilt infinitive, has an interesting entry.
To Boldly Go . . .
Those with a long-standing dislike of the spilt infinitive draw our attention to
the analogy with Latin where infinitives consist only of one word …
Scared of the spilt infinitive? Don’t worry – we can sort it out for you.
Aside from a few punctuatiln errors, a misspelled word or two, a sentance fragment, and a spilt infinitive, you have done a good job.