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Friday, January 04, 2008

Literal Tip of the Day

Remember, if you use the word "literally," it means that whatever crazy thing you are about to say actually happened exactly as you are describing it.

In the grand tradition of the Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks, there is also Literally, A Web Log, which tracks and documents the misuse of the word. Some choice examples:
"We had 300 people outside, literally freezing to death."
- Senator Hillary Clinton
"[Britney Spears is] literally on a roller coaster to hell."
- Dr. Timothy Brantley, PhD
"If you and I do not speak up now, this homosexual steamroller will literally crush all decent men, women, and children who get in its way."
- Rev. Jerry Falwell
"It’s literally raining cats in the Puget Sound area..."
- from an article about stray cats in NW Washington

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2 Comments:

Blogger Pete said...

May I suggest people use "virtually" in the above situations

08 January, 2008 19:57

 
Blogger JCo said...

This tip made me laugh out loud...literally!

09 January, 2008 08:37

 

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