Welcome back to Always Looking It Up. Last time, I wrote about the use of literally. Today, my subject is split infinitives. Hands up. Who heard the rule about avoiding split infinitives before learning what an infinitive was? I’m certainly in that camp and I’m sure many others are too because… Continue Reading Always Looking It Up: Can I Split Infinitives?
Last month, Neil Gaiman tweeted about his love of the word literally. He said that it’s the only word we have that “means both ‘actually’ and ‘I am speaking about something that definitely didn’t happen.’” I think the reason why I take pleasure in the many meanings of “literally”, is… Continue Reading Always Looking It Up: Can I Use Literally As An Intensifier?
Editors ensure correctness and consistency. We learn the rules of grammar and syntax, and enforce them where they’re relevant and make exceptions when they’re not. Many of us have style rules memorized, but there’s a saying among editors: “when in doubt, look it up.” This is the editor’s version of… Continue Reading Always Looking It Up