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*I* don't deem them so. It's "editorial" types who do. It's a subjective call, I suppose. I try to be ... revert to brutal concision. How can one be completely sure one's using them appropriateLY? (Sorry, couldn't resist!) W : )

Several years ago, I was told that adverbs should not be used, that use of an adverb proved that the writer had chosen the wrong verb. Now, I don't completely agree with this! I consider another of the stupid fads that run through the editing world. English has a lot of words, but it does not have the exactly right word for every occasion. Sometimes a word needs a little help.
Have you been told that you must never ever use "said"? No "He said" or "She said" in dialogue make it "He yelled" or "She simpered." That was another of those stupid fads.
I don't know that real editors ever lived by this, but these fads make their way to writing coaches, who din them into the minds of not-yet-published authors.
On the other hand, read Jack Finney's "Cousin Len's Wonderful Adjective Cellar," originally published in the Ladies' Home Journal, April 1948, and included in a couple of anthologies.

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Several years ago, I was told that adverbs should not be used, that use of an adverb proved that the ... Len's Wonderful Adjective Cellar," originally published in the Ladies' Home Journal, April 1948, and included in a couple of anthologies.

Oh, god, I love that story. I've quoted it to my writing courses many times.
But the other nonsense you mention is truly stupid. There are a lot of really dumb (or, as my mother
used to say, "D-U-M-M, dumb") people doing editing. Or something called editing, anyway. They should
be done something to.
See Language Log, specifically on copy editors:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/000918.html for chapter and verse.
-John Lawler http://www.umich.edu/~jlawler Michigan Linguistics Dept "Beware of those who have studied for many years and find themselves no wiser than before; they are full of murderous resentment for those of us who come by our ignorance the easy way." Kurt Vonnegut
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