Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Behold, The Lowly Dying Adverb
Some would look at this picture and say it is lovely, and that would be correct artistically and grammatically. If, on the other hand, you said it was love, you would be wrong...at least grammatically. Love, as you know, is a noun while lovely is a descriptive term...in this case, an adjective.

To continue, I end each of my posts with the words paddle safe. This is on purpose, and it is grammatically incorrect. I write it knowing it is wrong and in hopes of rankling the readers senses. Paddle is a verb, and something that modifies a verb is an adverb. Most adverbs, in turn, end in -ly. It would be proper to say paddle safely. Then, all would be well with the world.

I am not a grammatical snob, but I do get rankled over and over as I repeatedly hear folks say, "I feel bad," when we all know it should be, "I feel badly."
So, tell me that your roll is coming along slowly and not that it is coming along slow. Meanwhile...

Paddle safe...
DS

10 comments:

steve said...

so if you are feeling good should you say I feel goodly?

Silbs said...

No, Steve. You feel well, and I am glad that you do.

JohnB said...

How about "practice safe sex", or should it be "practice sex safely".

I suppose you'd say "sex safe", if you were blogging about it any way. . .

I'm sure we can, and will discuss this over the next couple of weeks--good fireside topic with our whisky as we watch the sun set.

IowaAdmin said...

Actually we all don't know it should be "I feel badly." Most grammarians believe this is incorrect. In this case "bad" is an adjective that we use with the linking verbs: feel, is, seems, looks, or appears. To feel badly implies that your sense of touch is not right. The correct way is, "I feel bad for him because he didn't make his roll".

I'm not a grammarian but I am an editor.

We'll see you at the symposium this weekend.

Silbs said...

I see your point, especially when you continue on to say feel bad for him. Still, bad descries feel, not I, unless I am missing something. By the way, you are an editor. I can see that red pencil in your shirt pocket. We can discuss this over the next few days. Thanks

Silbs said...

JB, either seems correct. Safe, as an adjective, describes the noun sex. Safely, as an adverb, describes sex used as a verb...although a verb suggests action, and in your case..... Then there are the points Iowaadmin makes. So maybe, for you, abstinence is best :)

Kristen said...

Easier when a Kiwi just says, I'm feeling a bit crook.

Silbs said...

Here we say I feel a bit like a crook.

D Winter said...

I like the noun usage 'The paddle should be closely held to the left shoulder.'

When will they, the rollers, learn?

eurion said...

In South Wales we would be "Under the Doctor" if we were bhaaaad.