It's your language. You use it every day. You should strive to master it. My late mother, a 27-year, graduate-level professor of English, embedded that in my brain once upon a time. I’m not nearly as smart as she was, but I’m sharp enough to recognize that the vast majority of native-born Americans can’t speak or write English worth a lick.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Safely and Soundly
“....and sliding in safely is Trot Nixon.” – Cindy Brunson, ESPN, reporting on a Boston Red Sox / Oakland A’s game, 26 July 2006
Cindy should have said: “...and sliding in safe is Trot Nixon.”
Nixon slid into the base and was called safe by the umpire. That’s what Cindy was reporting.
She was not reporting that Nixon had slid in a safe manner. If she had been, “safely” would have been appropriate.