Hopefully I’ll Come Up With Some of My Own Content One of These Days

But in the meantime, I just had to link to this post in Language Log, which is the latest in a series of posts on “hopefully”, just because of the line That’s what usage fetishism can drive you to—you cross out an adverb and replace it with a six-word impersonal passive construction and you tell yourself you’ve improved your writing, which I believe is the best quote ever.  I’m ashamed to admit, though, that I was largely unaware of the prohibition against “hopefully”, and was just going around using it.  This in contrast similar zombie rules against split infinitives or ending a sentence with a preposition, or the gender-neutral singular “their” which I was well aware of and cheerfully ignored.

~ by smwilliams on May 31, 2012.