A puzzling note arrived in my inbox a few days ago:
I came across an article you wrote about the use of adverbs and adjectives. To count the use of adverbs and adjectives you actually wrote a program. Is this something you would be willing to share or give me some advice on how to create myself? I am looking for a tool that our marketing team can use to keep the puffery to a minimum.
It was puzzling because the cited article was "Stop Hating on Adjectives and Adverbs", Slate 9/10/2013. And as the title suggests, my attitude towards eliminating adjective and adverbs was a skeptical one:
Calculating the relative percentages of adjectives and adverbs in texts tells us nothing useful about their readability, clarity, or efficiency.