On a SATURDAY!
Fermat (who either doesn’t have a blog or didn’t include the link) sent a comment on Wednesday’s Grammar Wednesday post asking this:
I would like everyone’s opinion on this. Because school is back in, the city has posted large signs of a bright yellow school bus. On the bus is printed “School’s back. Drive Safe.”
I think it should be “Drive Safely.” Is the ‘ly’ slowly being dropped from the vernacular? I’m too much of a prescriptionist for my own good?
This bugs me, too, so I’m making it its own little special edition, Grammar-Wednesday-on-a-Saturday post.
Buses around here do that, too, and I’ve seen more than a few bumper stickers with the sentiment, as well. My husband and I always say the “ly” because it makes us crazy that it’s being dropped.
Safe is an adjective that describes something – that’s not a safe chainsaw or she’s a very safe driver. Safely is an adverb that describes how something is done – the children are tucked safely into bed or please drive safely.
I have no idea why the “ly” is being dropped, but I notice it falling off of other words, too – quick is the most common offender but I’m sure, if given enough time, I can come up with a few more (or just watch a Madden game; you’ll have a list of them). It makes me cringe.