By Matt Vicker
This adverb is one that I seem to be using more and more in my everyday life. I often use it when I’m trying to cast doubt when reporting something someone else has said, for example, ‘supposedly it is going to rain later (*looks outside at the nice sunshine*)’. It also if synonymous with the similar-sounding ‘supposably’ which some of you may prefer to use. I would suggest that I use ‘supposedly’ more frequently because I think it is easier to say – ‘ed’ over ‘ab’. But maybe that is just me…
The OED definition is that ‘supposedly’ is used ‘according to belief, but without conclusive evidence and perhaps mistakenly; as is (or was) supposed; by way of supposition’ – when making a reference to someone else’s opinion or just reporting what they have said, despite it being subjectively bad or inaccurate.
Let me know whether you supposedly use ‘supposedly’, or supposably use ‘supposably’, or even if you use both equally, in the comments below.
The OED entry for ‘supposedly’: http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/194696?redirectedFrom=supposedly#eid