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To boldly split infinitives is fine

From [Coudal]( via [John Gruber]() comes this [list of common non-errors]( in English. The first item on the list is split infinitives, and of course they give as an example the most famous split infinitive in Modern English: *”… to boldly go where no man has gone before”* (to give it its original, non-PC reading).

I can’t be the first person to notice that this phrase is (nearly) in [iambic pentameter](, which is the standard meter for blank verse in English. So “correcting” the grammar ruins the poetry of the phrase (such as it is), but I rarely see this pointed out. Both [William Shatner]( and [Patrick Stewart]( were classically trained, so *they* must have noticed…