thankfully

Tara T.

Some years ago, I had a client who used thankfully incorrectly.

At the time, I didn’t know enough about usage to explain what the problem was. Now, I know.

It’s all in the meaning of the word.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., has this to say about thankfully:

This word traditionally means “appreciatively, gratefully.” It is not in good use as a substitute for thank goodness or fortunately.

Incorrect:

Appreciatively, that problem has been resolved.

Gratefully, that problem has been resolved.

Thankfully, that problem has been resolved.

Correct:

Fortunately, that problem has been resolved.

Thank goodness that problem has been resolved!

“This is the most wonderful gift I have ever received,” she said thankfully.

“This is the most wonderful gift I have ever received,” she said gratefully.

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