I’m probably the last living person who doesn’t split infinitives, so I know I’m fussy. Nevertheless, this kind of bad grammar from a paper that thinks it’s the gold standard irks me:
Ms. Taylor won her second Academy Award for her performance in the film adaptation of the Edward Albee play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” in which she portrayed a character 20 years older than her.
That is some seriously ugly, ungrammatical writing. When I got to the last word in the sentence, I wanted to ask “Older than her what? Her mother? Her antique collection? Her car?”