Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Justice Sotomayor's concurrence in Knox v. SEIU prompts this note on grammar from Ed Whelan:
[Sotomayor] devotes most of her opinion to complaining about what she calls the “majority’s decision to address unnecessarily significant constitutional issues well outside the scope of the questions presented and briefing.” (That passage is a great illustration of how the imagined rule against splitting infinitives can generate awful and confusing prose: The reader first encountering the passage may well wonder how it is that the constitutional issues are “unnecessarily significant.”)
He's right. Time to bend on that one.