Hopefully, I will be able to

During my instant messaging conversation with Matt about ESPN polls I told him not to kill anything when he gets home for Thanksgiving from the Air Force Academy.

He responded (tongue-in-cheek, guys) with, “Hopefully my murder training hasn’t fully set in yet.” He then replied to his own remark with, “I used hopefully incorrectly. I am aware of that. I’m kind of pissed at myself for it.”

Haven’t we all been on the receiving end of (or at least an “attentive” ear to) Dad’s rant on people misusing the word “hopefully”? I know I have. His example: “The child looked up hopefully.” or something like that. The child’s look was hopeful. “Hopefully, I will be able to” doesn’t mean what it’s meant to mean. It means that the person will be able to perform the task in a hopeful manor, not that he/she hopes that he/she will actually be able to perform the task at hand.

And that, kiddos, is your Dad lesson of the day, brought to you by his smallest son, Dan.

DanWords11/25/03 2 comments


Dad • 11/25/03 8:32 PM:

Dan. Stop trying to catch me in total posts and start commenting on whether running in the rain keeps you drier.

I like this post because it reminds me of Gov. Edwin Edwards of Louisiana commenting on whatever the heck it was that caused somebody in our family (was it Kathleen?) to mimic him, “Hopefully, I’ll beeaybullah…” Also, nice job on the no contractions game.

This misuse of “hopefully” doesn’t bother me half as much as the rampant misuse of “presently.”

Dan • 11/25/03 8:40 PM:


Of course it reminds you of the Louisiana Governor! That’s the idea! Though when I say it I think, “Hopefully I beaybuddah…”

I’ll bet there’s a site out there commenting on grammatical misnomers.

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