Revised as of 16 February 2018
People tend to confuse I feel bad with I feel badly. And it does make a world of difference.
If you should feel badly, it would indicate that you can’t feel things very well, you have a bad sense of touch, whereas if you feel bad, then you are upset.
|Consider the following:|
|The road badly needs to be resurfaced.
It really needs resurfacing.
|The road needs to be resurfaced badly.
Yeah, be sure and do a lousy job on it.
– Credit to: Robert Doran
|She was hurt in a bad accident.
The accident was terrible.
|She was hurt badly in the accident.
The accident wasn’t so terrible, but she almost lost her life.
Try not to feel too badly about it, you’re in some pretty bad company!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective; Adverb||Adjective; Adverb|
Of poor quality, inferior or defective
Unpleasant or unwelcome
Food decayed, putrid
Part of the body being injured, diseased, causing pain
Regretful, guilty, ashamed about something
Worthless, not valid[Informal] Good, excellent
[Informal] Guilty, regretful
To a great or serious degree, severely
It’s a bad diet.
That’s bad news.
The play got bad reviews.
With the electricity out, all the food will go bad.
I’ve got a bad back.
I feel bad.
If you should “feel badly”, it would indicate that you can’t feel things very well.
Don’t use bad language.
He wrote a bad check.
They want the baddest, best-lookin’ Corvette there is.
That TV program that was on last night was real bad.
I felt badly about my unfriendliness of the previous evening.
He should be too badly off.
I feel badly about your reaction to my remark.
The war was going badly.
The building was badly damaged by fire.
I wanted a baby so badly.
It was a badly managed company.
Try not to think badly of me.
She realized she was behaving rather badly.
Things had begun to go badly wrong.
|Adjective: bad-tempered, badass
Noun: badass, badassery, baddie, baddies, baddy, badlands, badmash, badness
Verb, transitive: bad-mouth
|Adverb: worse, worst|
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English, perhaps representing Old English bǣddel|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!