Today is one of those days when the weather is good and there’s not much work to do (even if you wanted to do it). So, I took a walk outside and drove out to get lunch instead of staying indoors. The weather is beautiful.
Anyway, on my walk I thought about the power of words. I recently had a research paper accepted. The funny point about this is that the acceptance letter had this as a line:
“Your paper is potentially suitable…”. In lawyer speak, this means that we’ve accepted your paper under certain conditions. In my case, these are whether I appropriately make the minor grammatical corrections and that the co-authors of the paper agree to sign off on the final copy (this is a separate contractual document).
The keyword here is “potentially”, which is an adverb and modifies the verb “is”. That statement has a very different meaning without the word potentially. It would be stated like so: “Your paper IS suitable…”.
I kind of like the utility of the word “potentially”. It gives me the tools to write really provocative sentences; for example:
This work is potentially groundbreaking.
I have a potentially fantastic chance of winning the noble prize.
And, so on…
This blog post has potentially ended–
- Adverb of Frequency (secerahbintangku.wordpress.com)