Tuesday, May 03, 2011

On the changing use of language

I could say that something was cooked to perfection, or that a dish was perfect in its execution; what I could not say was that a meal was cooked perfect.

Perhaps cookery shows exhibit this more, but I have noticed it in other contexts; the simple dropping of a -ly where one would normally appear. I cannot place this as a dialectual difference as I have heard it uttered from many accents. Yet there does seem to be an increase in a dropping of this suffix as well as a few others that don't form the main task of tenses in separating past, present, and future.

I am finding it irritating and must stop myself from verbally adding the -ly to so much that is being spoken. Is it just me?


Logan said...

I'd imagine it was an Americanism, after the fashion of "real good" and the like.

FlipC said...

Although we do have our "reet (right) good" too :-)