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#1 2005-11-17 20:18:53

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'spilt' for 'split' (and vice-versa)

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… asp?fullreport=1747&ContributionType=1&ordering=&a…

Firstly remember it takes two to tango!! And secondly please don’t cry over split milk… index.php?showtopic=4124&st=60

Let bygones be bygones. Don’t cry over split milk or moan about yesterday”s losses.

This should be a time of jubilee in Cape Breton, an occasion to pop champagne corks, not cry over split milk. typeID=3&id=589&fd=0&p=1&pg=socialprograms.asp

What follows is a rambling history/op-ed piece filled with dead-ends and the
occasional spilt-infinitive.

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. PointShotPersonalExperiance/zgqh/Post.htm



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