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"Literally" is Literally the Most Overused Word

Posted by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM
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Literally - according to Merriam Webster - the word “literally” literally means:

Main Entry: lit·er·al·ly

Pronunciation: \ˈli-tə-rə-lē, ˈli-trə-lē, ˈli-tər-lē\ 

Function: adverb

Date: 1533

1 : in a literal sense or manner : actually
2 : in effect : virtually

Usage: Since some people take sense 2 to be the opposite of sense 1, it has been frequently criticized as a misuse. Instead, the use is pure hyperbole intended to gain emphasis, but it often appears in contexts where no additional emphasis is necessary.

People use the word “literally” when they literally mean it actually, really, literally happened. And it has become literally accepted to literally use the word “literally” as emphasis.  Unfortunately, the overuse of the word “literally” has literally moved the word “literally” into literal oblivion, leaving it literally bereft of all meaning.

So the word “literally” can sometimes literally mean literally the opposite of what the word “literally” literally means, however, it can be literally overused to the point where the word “literally” literally means nothing much whatever…literally.

Words mean things, don’t they?  Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Word Wednesday featuring another misused word or term.

by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 1:46 AM

This is literally Joe Biden's favorite word.

We are literally going to hit the town and stay out literally all night.

At that point, I'll be so tired, I think I will literally sleep for a week.

It is true; I love words literally and figuratively.

Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 4:41 AM
Quoting SallyMJ:

"Literally" is Literally the Most Overused Word

No it isn't.

"Like" and "Nice" both rank way higher.


Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Mar. 23, 2013 at 5:30 AM
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Haha! People that always say "Literally" & "Seriously" drive me crazy!
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 5:49 AM

I think it literally depends -- like, on whether the person is nice or not. Know what I mean?


Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting SallyMJ:

"Literally" is Literally the Most Overused Word

No it isn't.

"Like" and "Nice" both rank way higher.




SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 1:54 PM

BUMP!

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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I would have thought it was "awesome."
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stacymomof2
by Bronze Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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I hate that word.  I know someone who uses it literally all the time.  ;)

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Literally?! That would literally kill me.    :)


Quoting stacymomof2:

I hate that word.  I know someone who uses it literally all the time.  ;)



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Have you seen videos of that cute little boy, Kid President, who wants everyone  to help make the world more awesome?

Yeah, that one's been around awhile - like, forever.

Ha. I'm trying to eliminate extra "likes" from my speech. Hard! Used it way too long.


Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

I would have thought it was "awesome."



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM

I am literally starving right now, and my house is literally an inferno.

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