I waited impatiently all week for my husband to say something incredibly sweet or laughingly stupid, so I’d have a really good topic for my blog, but he stubbornly refused to be sufficiently amusing.
So I had nothing. Except…
I do have the overly adverbed sentence above.
Yes, I confess.
I am an adverb addict. A truly excessive addiction.
It started very young. With two adorably smart older sisters, I resorted to highly extreme tactics to overcome what I astutely considered to be my extremely disadvantaged family position. So I was really dramatic.
It started with ‘really’. Dolls were not just beautiful, they were really beautiful. Beets were not just horrible, they were really horrible. School was not just boring, it was really boring. (that one was also really true.)
And when my highly coveted little brother was born, I was really no longer even the baby. And life was really, really unfair.
But ‘really’ served me very well for a considerably long time.
In college I was extraordinarily lucky to have a roommate who was adverbally advanced. Lisa’s fabulously dramatic word was ‘absolutely’. Our dorm room was absolutely perfect; lemons were absolutely delicious; her foreign film class absolutely life-changing. Did I adopt ‘absolutely’? Absolutely.
Throughout my happily successful adulthood, I’ve branched out significantly. My supply of adverbs is amazingly bountiful.
And why, you might curiously ask?
Exactly like all addictions, adverbialism is definitely a sickness. But it is a joyously optimistic sickness, except for when it is passionately sad. It is truly the manic-depression of expression.
For the hopelessly addicted like me, mere verbs and adjectives cannot adequately express my enormously deep thoughts.
That, and incessantly reading Tom Swift books as a child.
Recently, there was an app on Facebook that interestingly analyzed your posts to see what words you consistently write. For me, I repeatedly used ‘I’, ‘myself’, ‘very’, and ‘really’. Ego and adverbs – that’s definitely me.
And my utterly favorite adverb? ‘Quite’ of course. As in Not Quite Old.