Where do you stand on "hopefully"?

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When the Associated Press's new 2012 Stylebook comes out tomorrow, the word "hopefully" (as in "it is hoped") will be included for the first time. For the past 400 years, "hopefully" has been recognized solely as an adverb (that meant "in a hopeful manner"), but now the AP is recognizing it as sentence adverb (as in "it is hoped").

Today, we hosted a Q Debate with two notable grammarians. Bryan Garner says he's disappointed by the new addition, while Patricia O'Connor is thrilled by the AP's legitimization of the modern use of "hopefully".

Where do you stand on the issue of "hopefully" being added to the AP's new Stylebook? Is it a step forward? Or have the grammar barbarians won a round?
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