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AP changes rules for “hopefully,” share your #Grammarpeeves

The venerated AP Stylebook has just announced that it will now accept “it is hoped” as a definition for “hopefully,” in addition to the traditional “in a hopeful manner.”

The historic Tweet:

Hopefully, you will appreciate this style update, announced at #aces2012. We now support the modern usage of hopefully: it’s hoped, we hope.

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 17, 2012

This is joyous news for the casual speaker, for the modern language lover who believes that word usage should reflect the way we talk, not hamper it.

David Minthorn, deputy standards editor of the Associated Press, is seen with his Stylebook at AP offices in Manhattan. (Jennifer S. Altman/For The Washington Post)

However, the Stylebook was one of the last strongholds for fusty grammarians everywhere, a bastion of order in a time of linguistic chaos. What could come next? “Nauseous” winning out over “Nauseated?” The final triumph of “Could care less” — when, in fact, you couldn’t? Madness! Disarray!

Tweet How do you feel about “hopefully’s” expanded duties? What are your personal grammar peeves? Leave examples in the comments, or Tweet them using the hashtag #Grammarpeeves on Twitter and we’ll post some responses right here.

Monica Hesse is a staff writer for the Post Style section. She frequently writes about culture, the Web and the intersection of the two.


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