Thursday, March 22, 2007

Link: Ly Detector awesomely finds -ly words

Lifehacker has a program on the lookout for adverbs. It'll find and highlight all words that end in -ly on websites that you specify. Quote:
"If you're at all familiar with Strunk and White, you know that excessive use of adverbs - words that end in -ly - isn't a sign of strong writing. All of us writers struggle with sentence-weakening generally's and relatively's at times, but now there's a Greasemonkey script that highlights adverbial transgressions on the web automatically."
[via Hackszine]

12 Comments:

Blogger Ed said...

because we all know that Adverbs are The Devil ;-P

7:44 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

"you're right!" (he said decisively)

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's wrong with using adverbs liberally?

4:41 PM  
Blogger whit said...

i am constantly using adverbs. lovingly of course :)

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no idea, still, why you posted this.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You spelled 'detector' wrong.

-points and laughs-

3:07 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

Also don't get the problem with adverbs. All people's examples of bad usage are like "he lazily walked down the block." Fine.

But what about "It can be easily shown that..."? I mean, that comes up in technical papers all the time. (And it is a mutually-exclusive problem from the passive voice of that sentence).

3:36 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

ha, i'm such a n00b. thanks anonymous

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: how DO you communicate "he lazily walked down the block" without using adverbs?

10:50 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

Things this blog is good at: making fun of bad papers.

Not so good: answering my damn questions!

6:54 PM  
Blogger whit said...

joel! so harsh! tehe

8:51 PM  

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