Friday, December 14, 2007

There are arguably better adverbs than the ones that have been overused or misused. I’m usually uncertain what is really meant when the word arguably is used. I hear it given more power than it has. Hypothetical example: Today was arguably the worst weather we’ve had this month. It was obviously the worst weather this month and only a fool would argue the point, but the adverb is thrown in with the intention that it bolsters the position rather acting as a disclaimer. Arguably means it is something that can be argued, disputed, questioned. It’s indisputable that arguably has been distorted.


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