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Chapter 10. Dazed and Confused: Common U... > The Good, the Bad, the Ugly - Pg. 103

Dazed and Confused: Common Usage Dilemmas 103 Hopefully Since the eighteenth century, hopefully has been used to mean "in a hopeful manner," as in Robert Louis Stevenson's saying, "To travel hopefully is better than to arrive." But during the past genera- tion, the adverb has come to mean "it is to be hoped." Today, it is also applied to situations as well as to people, as in "His fried eel will hopefully turn out well." In addition, rather than modifying (describing) a specific verb, as in Stevenson's example, hopefully is now used to modify an entire sentence. Except for a few lone holdouts (and if you're one of them, please don't contact me), most people and dictionaries now accept hopefully as meaning "it is to be hoped." So don't sweat this one. Like/As The like/as debate is another potential minefield. About 50 years ago, a cigarette company started a new ad campaign whose centerpiece was this jingle: "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should." When English teachers, grammarians, and various pundits reacted with horror at the misuse of "like" for "as," the company came back with this rejoinder: "What do you want--good grammar or good taste?" Thanks to all the free publicity Winston received, the marketing executives no doubt laughed all the way to the bank. Here's the generally accepted like/as rule: 1. Use like or as as a preposition to join a noun, as in these examples: · Cleans like a blizzard · Blind as a bat Do not use like as a conjunction to introduce an adverb clause, as in this example: 2.