Thursday, October 01, 2009

Why is shortly a word but longly isn't?

As in, "I will have a beer shortly," but not "I will finish this paper longly."

Just asking.

5 comments:

sylvia said...

The closest I can come up with is "eventually"

Precie said...

Uh...technically, according to dictionary.com, longly is a word. It's an adverb form of the word long.

We just never use it now, that poor abandoned adverb.

(And, no, I didn't know this off the top of my head. I may be an English geek, but I'm not THAT good.)

Robin S. said...

I love word weirdness like this.

pacatrue said...

One linguist friend thinks he might have actually used "longly" not as a joke once. I guess it's technically a word, but just hardly anyone uses it now, as Precie says.

Sarah Laurenson said...

longly

Hm. *Savoring it on my tongue.*

I like that it's a real word. Will have to see if MS Word thinks it's a real word. Hang on...

Hah! Nope.