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ailsagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-22-10 12:36 AM
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Is anyone else out there annoyed at the misuse of "literally?"
Edited on Sat May-22-10 12:37 AM by ailsagirl
I don't think some people understand that literally means just that--
but I'm coming across more and more instances of people misuing it.
Recently heard:

"He literally oozed charm."
"It literally scared me to death."
"The walls have ears-- literally."

It makes me laugh but, at the same time, it annoys me that now
dictionaries are beginning to OK the incorrect usage of the word.
So many people say "Feb-you-ary" instead of "Feb-brew-ary" that
now dictionaries are using the former as an alternate pronunciation.

The English language is certainly not static but I hate to see it
so muddied up.
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Jim__ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-24-10 10:11 AM
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1. Well, those people are probably using "literally" in a metaphoric sense.
Edited on Mon May-24-10 10:11 AM by Jim__
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-10 12:03 PM
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2. I'm annoyed by LOTS
of misuses. Lie and Lay come to mind as huge ones.

I joke that I don't normally support the death penalty, but I'd support it for certain grammatical errors.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-10 11:50 PM
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3. Google "Semantic Bleanching".
"literally" is evolving into a generalized emphatic adverb.

And "Febyooary" goes back a long way, it's not a new pronunciation. Lighten up.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:10 AM
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4. It literallly makes me nauseous. LOL nt
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