Sunday, December 18, 2005

 

Awfully said

According to CNN, reporting on the results of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, "Eleven million people is an awful large number of folks who are not literate in English, and therefore are prevented access to what America offers," said Russ Whitehurst, director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the Education Department.

How disappointing that he did not use awfully, the adverb, rather than awful, the adjective which is informally used as a shortcut for the adverb.

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