“Matter-of-factly” is an important word in that the word is being used as a synonym for “factually”. While both are important, “matter-of-factly” is a better choice because it is more common. Most of the time, we use the word “factually”, but rarely “matter-of-factly”.
Factually, for instance, we often use the word “fact” but rarely matter-of-factly. In fact, we both use the word “fact” but often not matter-of-factly.
I’d argue that matter-of-factly has a stronger emotional connection to reality than does matter-of-factly. Matter-of-factly is closer to the truth, whereas matter-of-factly is closer to the truth for those who have no emotional connection to the truth.
Matter-of-factly is just a more accurate way to describe factually. The problem is that if you’re using the word factually, then you are ignoring the fact that you are actually using a very particular, relatively specific, and fairly narrow definition of fact. So you are making yourself look foolish by using a relatively specific definition of fact when you actually mean a very broad and general definition of fact. That is the problem that the term matter-of-factly has.
So instead of using matter-of-factly, you can use fact-ly. You dont have to use a very broad and general definition of fact, you can just use a very specific, very narrow definition of fact. That is why the term matter-of-factly has such a negative connotation (and you can use it when youre talking about fact, but it has a negative connotation).
This is often the case with the word matter-of-fact. In fact, the opposite of matter-of-fact also exists, which is the person who is talking about a fact is talking about the opposite of the thing that he is talking about. So you can use the word matter-of-fact in the same way matter-of-factly is used, by saying matter-of-factly.
This is why I love the word matter-of-fact because it is so versatile – it can be used to mean both “factually true” or “the opposite of fact”. Matter-of-factly is just like matter-of-fact because the person who has used it has talked about something factually true or the opposite of fact.
In our recent conversation on the subject of synonyms, I mentioned that I love using the word synonym because it makes so much sense. As soon as you say matter-of-factly, you are essentially saying matter-of-fact but in the opposite way. This is why synonyms are so important. You can say matter-of-factly but this doesn’t make it true and this is why synonyms are so important.
I love the idea of using synonyms. They have the power to make the meaning of a word perfectly clear. It is very easy to use synonyms, but it also means that there are a lot of synonyms for the same word. For example, to say that you should always wear a suit is to say to wear a suit. That is the same as to say to wear a suit. So saying to wear a suit is a synonym of to wear a suit.
That is exactly the point. We are saying to wear a suit because the word suit has a similar meaning. We don’t mean the same thing by to wear a suit as we would by to wear a suit. That is why synonyms are so important.