Re: RARA-AVIS: Elmore Leonard in the NYT

From: James (
Date: 20 Jul 2001

> . . . he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way
> (or almost any way) is a mortal sin. The writer is now exposing
> himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt
> the rhythm of the exchange.

What I want to know is why the hell everybody seems to have it in for the poor adverb these days? I *like* adverbs. This smacks of part-of-speech discrimination to me.


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