Has anyone out there noticed the untimely demise of the suffix “ly?” Normally, words that modify verbs or verb phrases, and that describe how a verb acts, end with “ly.” This suffix is often added to an adjective and the resulting words are called adverbs. Please note that ly-ending words represent only a small section of the adverb word group (see Adverb under Wikipedia). To continue, in the past several years, the “ly” suffix seems to be falling out of favor by those who are often heard in public: newscasters, politicians, and the like. Check it out for yourself. See how many times some action is directed to be done “quick,” rather than “quickly.” Or used as in “I did bad,” rather than “badly.” Or “I made this special for you,” rather than “specially.”
There are a myriad of incorrect usages in English. “Irregardless” is often used rather than “regardless.” They both have the same meaning, so the “ir” is absolutely unnecessary. “Inflammable” is often used in place of “flammable.” When used this way, they usually mean the same thing, although “inflammable” can be misinterpreted as an antonym of “flammable.” One usage that has been driving my partner up the wall for a while is the phrase, “The reason why ….” The meaning of “why” is built in to the meaning of “reason.” I use this too, and make other mistakes myself.
As sergeant Esterhaus from Hill Street Blues would say, “Hey, hey, hey; Be careful out there.”