Writing Pet Peeves #4: ‘Prolly’

“Prolly”. Let’s just take a moment to look at it. It’s a stupid word, isn’t it? Especially when you consider that the perfectly good word it’s so often used to replace – “probably” – is in no need of replacing.

There is nothing wrong with the word “probably”. It is not old fashioned, obsolete or silly. It has not reached the end of its useful life. The English language and the word “probably” have a long and rewarding relationship still ahead of them. Or theyprobably do, anyway.

You see, if the people who habitually use “prolly” to mean “probably” get their way, in a few years time I’ll have to re-write the sentence above to say “Theyprolly will.”  This will annoy me because I HATE ‘PROLLY’. Hate it. It actually makes me cringe every time I see it written down.

I suspect the people who use “prolly” think they’re being “cute” when they use it. Maybe it’s the way they speak, who knows. Do the majority of people pronounce the word as “prolly” now? Probably. I mean, “prolly”.  Shame.

Do you write “prolly” instead of “probably”? And if so: why?



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