One of those writing ‘rules’ that makes me grumble into my vegetable broth and rattle my dentures is ‘kill the adverbs’. It’s the same with their old cousins ‘adjectives’; in the Game of Thrones style of editing where whole families are wiped out in one episode we are encouraged to be ruthless with those describing words – kill them all.
Sure, don’t overdo them but, as with cake, there are few recipes where you can remove sugar and achieve the desired effect. I’m with Marie Antoinette on the need for cake in ones diet. Adverbs and adjectives are not just part of our oral history, the written word needs them.
However…. But…. As a major qualification… If I hear anyone using an adjective as an adverb – ‘the boy did brilliant’ ‘that was awful good’ – I cannot be held responsible for my actions, it will be justified homicide, it will be part of the elocution branch of the Darwin Awards. Philistines. Ignoramuses. Incontinent Invertebrates. Hashtag Heamaphrodites. Scabpicking Scrawlscribes.