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Unfortunate and sad, perhaps

Dear Editor:

As a British visitor to Snowmass (for the fourth time now) I always read the local press with great interest. I was amused to see Su Lum raising the old chestnut that there’s something wrong with using “hopefully” without a verb, adjective or adverb to qualify. All the arguments she quotes apply equally to “sadly” and “unfortunately.”

They are both commonly used in exactly the same way, but no one ever complains about them. Why is “hopefully” alone picked out for this linguistic discrimination?

Alex Galloway

Snowmass Village

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