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I can say something is 'verbally delivered'. How would I say it is 'delivered via the written word', but with an adverb? E.g. something like 'literally delivered', as in, "using letters" - but that is an odd use of the term relying more on the etymology than the understood meaning of the word.

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I'm not aware of a single adverb which conveys this meaning. I would say "in writing" if I wanted something to be communicated in the way you describe. – Irene May 25 '13 at 16:29
If one were writing, one could simply write "ibidem". If one were speaking, one should in any event use a verb indicating writing and not speaking. – John Lawler May 25 '13 at 16:40
@JohnLawler: How would ibidem be used? How would I convey the phrase "The information was delivered in writing" using ibidem? – Claudiu May 25 '13 at 16:54
My mistake. What you want is [sic], immediately after the exact (spelled and punctuated, every jot and tittle exactly the same as the original) quote. E.g: "She capturred the Wookiee" [sic]. But only for written quotation, in quotation marks, of originally written text. – John Lawler May 25 '13 at 17:04
@Claudiu- what's wrong with saying "in writing" or "in written form"? – Jim May 25 '13 at 22:35
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If OP really wants a one-word adverb, perhaps orthographically. That link contains several written instances of "communicate orthographically", with presumably the intended sense...

orthography - the representation of the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols.

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awesome! Just what I was looking for. "The information is the same be it delivered verbally or orthographically." – Claudiu May 25 '13 at 21:54
oh apparently this is a dupe, and textually is the answer for the other question, which I think I like more. – Claudiu May 25 '13 at 22:56

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