(Reposted from my previous blog. 3/18/2009)
Just a quick note here to anyone who wants to use the English language with some level of competence.
I’m not linking to anything, in order to avoid making fun of anyone.
The word “literally” is supposed to communicate something in particular. What it means is that what you’re saying is real, not exaggerated.
The following are examples that I’ve seen recently of its misuse. See if you can figure out what’s wrong:
“Joe the Plumber was literally crucified by the Left …”
“Instead of offering solutions, Republicans are just literally throwing temper tantrums and stomping their feet …”
“Obama has literally declared war on the rich …”
“After I literally starved to death …”
“George Bush literally spat on the Constitution …”
Do you see the problem?
If I see any more of this, I think I’m literally going to explode.
… Just kidding.