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August 26th, 2009
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I'm starting to hate this word -

* 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 (took the remark literally) (was literally insane)
2 : in effect : virtually (will literally turn the world upside down to combat cruelty or injustice — Norman Cousins)

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.

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Date:August 27th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
I think the word has turned into something along the likes of "totally" or "random." I probably started saying "literally" too much, too, but I also use it when it's appropriate. I use it for emphasis, like saying, "SERIOUSLY." I mean, yeah, when I say something like "I just saw a guy wearing an octopus suit. Seriously," I don't say it assuming the people I'm talking to really aren't taking me seriously; I just use it for emphasis where it really isn't necessary. Same for "literally." I say it, not implying that people think I'm speaking figuratively, but just for emphasis. Maybe the emphasis isn't necessary, but I think that most things that come out of people's mouths aren't necessary to begin with. Hah. That sounds more snarky than I meant it to.

For now, I'm sticking with my all time favorite speech/grammar-related pet peeves:

1.) "Supposably" when they mean "supposedly."
2.) "I could care less."
3.) "Irregardless" <--- I HATE THIS.
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Date:August 27th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
I know it's a real word but, god, I hate Guesstimate. It just sounds sloppy.
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
I hate that one too. And also, the worst one we've talked about multiple times before and Demetri Martin even said in his stand up, _____aholic. WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WORKAHOL?!
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Date:September 3rd, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'm a rage-aholic! I'm addicted to Rage-ahol!

Homophobic is a good one - it makes it sound like people recoil at the sight of a gay person.
It's like an arachnophobe beating up a scorpion then bragging to all his friends about what he did... because of his pathological fear.
Date:April 9th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Great post! I wish you could follow up on this topic!

Date:April 14th, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
For some reason, I can’t see all of this content, stuff keeps hiding? Are you taking advantage of java?

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