So is the Associated Press’s move to allow the modern usage of “hopefully” a sign that proper grammar is about to end or is it just keeping it real? Clyde Haberman says his piece on the matter through his The Day blog on NYTimes.com.
Naturally, the reaction in certain quarters was intense. This is the end of civilization as we know it, some thundered. Nah, others said, this is keeping it real — and the nod to reality was long overdue. An article about the new A.P. policy in The Washington Post on Wednesday produced more than 600 online comments, such was the depth of feelings.