Google Analytics

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Grammar Geek

As I was watching The Real Housewives of New York City Last night, I noticed the housewives repeatedly committing the same grammar faux-pas: saying that they feel badly for one another. For example, Kelly told Bethenny she thought Bethenny's behavior at the charity meeting was innappropriate, and Kelly felt badly for her.

Here's the deal, ladies. When you use "feel" to refer to emotions, it functions as a linking verb rather than an action verb; it should therefore be followed by a predicate adjective, not an adverb. So you feel bad for someone, not badly. If you feel badly, that means you're trying to touch something but not doing a very good job.

So housewives, please, when you're being condescending and catty, tell one another you feel bad for them--just like I feel bad for you for being so shockingly self-centered.


  1. I feel stupid now for making you explain this on the phone. If I would have read a few more sentences, I would have noticed your entertaining explaination. Thanks for setting me straight! By the way, I should get this off my chest: "My name is Leanne and I'm addicted to Karen's blog." I think this is step 1 in my 12 step program.

  2. You are sooo funny! I love your blog-I'm a "housewife" junkie. I prefer the housewives of OC myself.