Why is “hopefully” treated so mercilessly? [closed]

Is the word “hopefully” unjustly treated? We don’t like the sentence:

“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” 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?

Answer

I don’t see anything wrong with the first example sentence using hopefully

“Hopefully, my ship is just over the horizon and due in real soon now.”

In fact, I don’t see why hopefully can’t be used in place of any of the other adverbs in the other sentences mentioned.

IMHO, hopefully is welcome at all the adverb parties that I will be throwing.

-EDIT-
To cite the related answer on this site about this usage of the word..

“It is prevalent enough to be considered correct”

Attribution
Source : Link , Question Author : Pete Wilson , Answer Author : MikeVaughan

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