From the Center for Disease Control

The current writing epidemic among my students is using Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, and Lastly as transitions. To which I respond:

Stop this sickness from spreading. Anyone, not just English teachers, can prevent the infection of writing with adverbs. Our future literature might just depend on it.

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3 thoughts on “From the Center for Disease Control

  1. Oh! oh! Oh! This is one of my (many) pet grammar peeves. There is NO need for people to get this wrong! A couple of my other pet peeves – incorrect use of the word “fulsome” (why do so few people know that it means “offensive” and not “in a full manner”??) and incorrect use of the apostrophe … OH.MY.GOD don’t get me started on that one!

    • I had never seen the “firstly” thing until this year when I got 20 essays in a row using it. That tells me there is an irresponsible English teacher out there propagating that adverb sickness. Apostrophes’ you say? You dont’ like it when people use apostrophe’s with the plural form of the word instead of the possessive? How about when there writing and dont know witch form of a word is correct, weather it be you’re favorite word or they’res? That bugs me, two.

  2. Loved the response, worthy of a posting in itself.

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