Is the word "hopefully" unjustly treated? It appears that the following sentence is frowned upon:
"Hopefully, my ship is just over the horizon and due in real soon now."
But we don't mind saying:
"Happily, the tree fell on that eyesore shed."
"Sadly, the swallows have not returned."
Why is "hopefully" treated mercilessly and so unwelcome at the adverb party?
ObJoke: From The New Yorker a few years ago, to illustrate proper use of "hopefully:"
Dad (shaving): Ouch! Damn! Son: What's wrong? Dad: I cut my chin! Son (hopefully): Off?