Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
Do y’all remember last week when I talked about comparatives and superlatives? You didn’t read that one? Well, read it right quick before we go on.
Glad you’re back. One of my favorite TV shows is The Great Food Truck Race (y’all know how much TV I watch). Each week I hear the darling, cute Tyler Florence say, over and over again, “Most importantly, blah blah blah.” And even though he’s darling and cute, I find myself cringing more times than not.
For one, I cringe because he’s very often talking about only two items, one of which is MORE important than the other. (Maybe I should email him the link to that TGB post. Hang on a quick sec, y’all.)
What really makes me crazy from darling, cute TF and millions of others, however, is that dang word “importantly.” Y’all really need to use “important.” Very, very rarely is the adverb (see that –ly ending?) “importantly” needed. If you were describing an action, then you can use it. But I’m pretty sure you’re not. Bet you can’t imagine a time when you’d need to say something like:
They treated Queen Elizabeth more importantly than they treated me (with good reason).
Neither can I. What you are usually meaning to say is, “Here are some things that I’m talking about but what is most/more important among them is THIS ONE.” And, again, we’re back to the tried-and-true TGB method of subbing in words to confirm whether your word choice is correct or not. Try it with this DC TF* example:
The team from Nonna’s Kitchenette got a $500 advantage, 3 extra hours of sales time and, MORE/MOST IMPORTANTLY/IMPORTANT, a head start to Portland.
If I were saying that, in my head it would be, “The team from Nonna’s Kitchenette got a $500 advantage, 3 extra hours of sales time and, (the thing that is) most important, a head start to Portland.”
Is that clear? I feel like what’s most important in this lesson got caught up in my fixation with Tyler Florence. Go figure. Your main takeaway: Quit using “importantly,” y’all. Thanks a bunch.
*Darling, cute Tyler Florence. Haven’t you caught on yet?