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lit·er·al·ly

adverb /ˈlitərəlē/  /ˈlitrə-/

1. In a literal manner or sense; exactly
* - the driver took it literally when asked to go straight across the traffic circle
* - tiramisu, literally translated “pick me up.”

2. Used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true
* - I have received literally thousands of letters


Is this right? I have always been annoyed by the use of the second one, and I thought it was absolutely incorrect. Has this become a second meaning because of Misuse? I was always under the impression that using it in that manner was basically the opposite of what literally really means.

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I literally could care less.
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#6
Misuse of a word that literally doesn't exist?
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Gah, it pisses me off too. That and comma use. Nobody knows how to use a comma anymore. I see so many people say 'the most important thing, is to have good grammar'. That's not correct! The comma is unnecessary. People are butchering the language, making it ugly, and calling it 'evolution'. Learn your goddamn language, you're embarrassing the rest of us who took the time to fully understand it.
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I literally could care less.


So you do care to some degree.
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#9
It's not misuse, it's hyperbole. I've never understood why people have a problem with it. I perfectly understand what it means and how to use it, but I choose to use it in a different way to create an effect.
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#10
you spelt it wrong to rant about its wrong usage?

sure you are ranting about the grammar about it but wow
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#11
Yeah, that is called Neology. Words can evolve and acquire different definitions/usage over time.
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It's not misuse, it's hyperbole. I've never understood why people have a problem with it. I perfectly understand what it means and how to use it, but I choose to use it in a different way to create an effect.


Wouldn't "I have received thousands of letters" be hyperbole enough without adding literally?
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#13
I'm literally burning with hatred for people who don't use literally correctly.
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I literally could care less.


That pisses me off more.
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you spelt it wrong to rant about its wrong usage?

sure you are ranting about the grammar about it but wow


My apologies for misspelling in the title. Firefox doesn't help me out up there so I don't catch typos, which that one was. I spelled it correctly everywhere else.


But, hey! When there's nothing to add to the argument, pick apart TS's spelling!
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It's not misuse, it's hyperbole. I've never understood why people have a problem with it. I perfectly understand what it means and how to use it, but I choose to use it in a different way to create an effect.


It's not a hyperbole. Saying 'I've received thousands of letters' is a hyperbole. Putting 'literally' in there, by definition, means you're not hyperbolizing the phrase. It means you actually have received thousands of letters. The only effect it has is to make you look like you have no idea what you're talking about.
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Gah, it pisses me off too. That and comma use. Nobody knows how to use a comma anymore. I see so many people say 'the most important thing, is to have good grammar'. That's not correct! The comma is unnecessary. People are butchering the language, making it ugly, and calling it 'evolution'. Learn your goddamn language, you're embarrassing the rest of us who took the time to fully understand it.

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Quote by muse-ik
Gah, it pisses me off too. That and comma use. Nobody knows how to use a comma anymore. I see so many people say 'the most important thing, is to have good grammar'. That's not correct! The comma is unnecessary. People are butchering the language, making it ugly, and calling it 'evolution'. Learn your goddamn language, you're embarrassing the rest of us who took the time to fully understand it.

I literally, agree with this
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I only use it when something actually happens and no one beleives me. Using it for emphasis to something that didn't happen only takes away the meaning of the word "literally" for me.
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I literally kill babies everytime I hear someone say that.

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#25
how could the second one possibly be a misuse? if you say "I've bought hundreds of these dried seaweed things," someone would say you're exaggerating. if you day "I've literally bapughy hundreds of these seaweed things," someone could open up you cupboard and watch hundreds spill out.

edit: I don't mean it can't be misused, but that it's not always incorrect.
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#26
Honestly, language does move on, and more importantly, there will alway be a gap between conversational and formal language. People should be allowed to express that difference. Literally still sounds funny to me though:

My friend last night: "I literally went through hell yesterday"
Me: "Did you tell the Devil I'm a'comin'?"
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That pisses me off more.

Why? It doesnt effect you in anyway
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how could the second one possibly be a misuse? if you say "I've bought hundreds of these dried seaweed things," someone would say you're exaggerating. if you day "I've literally bapughy hundreds of these seaweed things," someone could open up you cupboard and watch hundreds spill out.

edit: I don't mean it can't be misused, but that it's not always incorrect.


I'm talking about when it's painfully obvious that the person is trying to exaggerate. For example, what brought this thread about is seeing a status on the book of face that said something like, "I'm literally dying of boredom".
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My apologies for misspelling in the title. Firefox doesn't help me out up there so I don't catch typos, which that one was. I spelled it correctly everywhere else.


But, hey! When there's nothing to add to the argument, pick apart TS's spelling!



It has nothing to do with the argument and completely to do with the irony of you complaining about the grammar yet spelling it incorrectly.
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I'm talking about when it's painfully obvious that the person is trying to exaggerate. For example, what brought this thread about is seeing a status on the book of face that said something like, "I'm literally dying of boredom".

isn't it obvious it's not meant to be taken literally? there's no helping if you're annoyed by people using words for emphasis, however improperly, I just don't see the big deal.
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Quote by muse-ik
Gah, it pisses me off too. That and comma use. Nobody knows how to use a comma anymore. I see so many people say 'the most important thing, is to have good grammar'. That's not correct! The comma is unnecessary. People are butchering the language, making it ugly, and calling it 'evolution'. Learn your goddamn language, you're embarrassing the rest of us who took the time to fully understand it.


Technically it is down to diction of speech. Alot of people write how they speak, such is the age of oratory. You can't dislike the connection between speech and writing, regardless of unacademic it maybe.
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Quote by muse-ik
Gah, it pisses me off too. That and comma use. Nobody knows how to use a comma anymore. I see so many people say 'the most important thing, is to have good grammar'. That's not correct! The comma is unnecessary. People are butchering the language, making it ugly, and calling it 'evolution'. Learn your goddamn language, you're embarrassing the rest of us who took the time to fully understand it.



Your last comma should be a semi-colon.
But I agree with both this statement and TS.
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It only annoys me if the person doesn't understand what 'literally' actually means.

Yes, it annoys me, but it's an irrational annoyance.

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But I agree with both this statement and TS.


Your first full stop should be a comma.
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