Revised Wordpress function to put a Span around the first word of the Title?


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I'm trying to use a function that adds a "span" around the first word of every post title in a Wordpress site, and found <a href="">this extremely similar</a> question. The function in the second answer works fine when there's a link inside the H2 element.

But In my site, I'm not using the post title as a link, so the found solution doesn't work. I've tried to come up with a new preg-replace pattern, as to skip the detection of the link part, but haven't been able to get it.

Basically, I want this:

&lt;h2&gt;&lt;?php the_title(); ?&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; or &lt;h2&gt;Converted post title&lt;/h2&gt;

... to become this:

&lt;h2&gt;&lt;span&gt;Converted&lt;/span&gt; post title&lt;/h2&gt;