Friday, October 28, 2011
James Branch Cabell could tell you
I don't know if this is now considered obsolete usage, or if it's just one of those things where so many people kept getting it wrong that everyone now thinks it's right. I hear this usage on the radio often and it always bugs me.
"He strolled down the street in a leisurely manner."
"He strolled down the street leisurely."
The first is correct. The second is not. It should be, "He strolled down the street leisurelily." Whenever I hear someone speak this way, it makes me wince as if I'd heard a flat note in a song.
If anyone wants to correct me on this, you better be a super hard-core English nerd with some serious academic credentials if you expect to change my mind.