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Monday, January 05, 2009

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Brian Bothwell

Ah yes, the annoying misuse of literally. This one used to get me all worked up, until I had someone point this out:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/literally

"...[the use that annoys us] 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."

"ARGH!" I said. "Does this mean I am not justified in ranting to friends about this issue?!"

It still annoys the piss out of me sometimes.

So I need to just learn to be with it. :)

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