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Hopefully, You’ll Learn Something from This Post

Or, to be more correct, the title should read “I hope you will learn something from this post.”

Back in the 1600s, this word hopefully was first used in the English language to denote “something that is done in a hopeful manner.” As in: “She hopefully gazed out the tower window for her prince to come rescue her.”

About a hundred years later, someone decided it would be a good idea to use the word in a different way: “Hopefully, the war will be over soon.” The word hopefully, in this case, is little more than a substitute for “I hope.” Continue Reading…