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Post by Phil White » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:02 am

It crossed my mind this morning that the adverb "gingerly" has nothing to do with the adjective "ginger".

"Prince Harry walked through the minefield gingerly."

Oh well, perhaps it does...

Seriously, the real story about "ginger" and "gingerly" is on Michael Quinion's pages: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-gin1.htm
It was discussed here on Wordwizard briefly many years ago.

But, the thought being new to me, it is satisfyingly peculiar. And it set me thinking: I wonder how many adverbs there are that have no associated adjective.

There are, of course, a bunch of common words which go under the name of adverbs, such as "here", "there", "soon", "yet", "yesterday", "sometimes", "never", "often" and so on, but it can be argued that these are not true adverbs. No, I am thinking of words that genuinely qualify a verb, probably ending in "-ly", but which have no corresponding adjective. Off the top of my head, I can only think of "gingerly".
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Re: gingerly

Post by gdwdwrkr » Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:01 am

I cardamomly agree.
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