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Guestmudgeon Daniel Kelber laments

I am not sure why, as I am sure this has been going on for quite some time, but it has recently been bugging me that no one seems to want to use adverbs.  I am just floored when I hear people I know to be well educated say something like "why are you walking so slow?".  Is it just laziness, or is the -ly of adverbs out of fashion?

That's a pretty common problem, although we do like to give folks more leeway in speech than we do in formal writing.  When a writer omits the -ly, though, that's sloppy!

Is there something you read or hear that sends you up the wall?

Do tell us. 

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