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Yeah, I think it’s important.

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.”

Gratuitous pic of Tyler Florence. Enjoy!

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?

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6 comments on “Yeah, I think it’s important.

  1. outlawmama
    October 9, 2012

    I actually fixed this issue in an email because of you!!! Thanks.

  2. The Grammar Belle
    October 9, 2012

    One small victory at a time! 😉

  3. peggy
    October 9, 2012

    Though I’m sure you’ve seen this old saw, I always get a giggle reading it again:

    Eye halve a spelling chequer.
    It came with my pea sea.
    It plainly marques four my revue
    Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
    Eye strike a key and type a word
    And weight four it two say
    Weather eye am wrong oar write
    It shows me strait a weigh.

    As soon as a mist ache is maid
    It nose bee fore two long
    And Eye can put the error rite
    Its rare lea ever wrong.
    Eye have run this poem threw
    I am shore your pleased two no
    Its letter perfect awl the weigh
    My chequer tolled me sew.

    Dew knot trussed yore spell chequer two fined awl yore mistakes!

    • The Grammar Belle
      October 9, 2012

      Never! Love it. Thanks for sharing, Peggy! And thanks for stopping by for a read. See ya soon!

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