Thursday, April 19, 2012

AP allows "hopefully"

I hesitate to post anything so controversial as this, but it's a triumph of usage over rules.


Anonymous said...


I will go to the barricades against 'alright' or using 'impact' as a verb. I will cheer every time I read affect and effect used correctly.

Sigh. All those years of pounding correct English into the offspring - please don't tell my children about this.

Anonymous said...

It's very scary when we look to the newspapers for proper grammar, punctuation, and usage. They're notorious for being badly written and edited.

lilwordy said...

What's next - irregardless?

Edittorrent said...

Ugh, I hate "impact" as a verb, too. It's one of those business-speak bits of jargon that makes me cringe, right up there with utilize, paradigm, and damned near every other B-school buzzword.

Hopefully, though -- that one, I think I can live with.


Jane Myers Perrine said...

Oh, NO!!!! but it's terrible grammar. I have, in my old age, forced myself to be more fliexible with grammar. Hopefully, I won't have to use that.

Wes said...

What's wrong with utilize? I ask this sincerely. The dictionary I consulted indicated the verb has been used since 1800.

Edittorrent said...

Anon, I agree-- but my mother-in-law the city editor will get mad at me. :)

"Alright" drives me NUTS. I mean, really, how much more space does the L take?
"impact" as a verb gets me... but I can't think of a good substitute. "affect" is too mild. Other verbs?