A few weeks ago, I wrote about the split infinitive. I’m not big on split infinitives so the book cover below stopped me in my tracks. Note the adverb that’s doing the dirty work—IN ITALICS!!!!!
I would have written: “How to Stay Slim the Rest of Your Days” or something similar. But would it have been a best seller with a different title? If I’m the publisher and tests show the split infinitive version will sell more, I’m splitting this big fat infinitive. One of my roles as a direct response copywriter is to ignore my grammatical and syntactical preferences and write copy that will persuade the reader to pull a credit card out of their wallet and BUY!
Oh and Charla…the pressure’s on…you HAVE to stay thin forever!