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Too many people literally do not understand what the word ‘literally’ means

07 Jun

Our hearts are literally hurting” – really? Then you should get that looked at, lest you have a heart attack.

It was literally a ghost town” – wow, must have been amazing to see all those ghosts flitting around town!

Sheesh!

“We’re trying to have a civilization here!”, as Seinfeld once ranted.

Scratch that; no we’re not; not any more…

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10 responses to “Too many people literally do not understand what the word ‘literally’ means

  1. Socially Extinct

    June 7, 2016 at 6:09 am

    The effect is best when it is pronounced “lit’raly.”

     
    • Will S.

      June 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Indeed, they have a unique way of pronouncing it, too.

       
  2. feeriker

    June 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Will, didn’t you get the memo? Words now mean whatever the person writing/speaking them wants them to mean.

     
    • Will S.

      June 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Oh, my bad; I thought we had a common language.

       
  3. Prince LaQroix

    June 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    “Trump is literally Hitler” – Yeah, I totally see the resemblance

     
    • feeriker

      June 7, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      What, you never saw The Boys From Brazil?

       
    • Will S.

      June 8, 2016 at 1:36 am

      🙂

       
  4. bluebird of bitterness

    June 12, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Ugh, one of my linguistic pet peeves. It’s like fingernails on a blackboard.

     
    • Will S.

      June 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      But metaphorically, not literally. 😉

       

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