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Date: 09/02/13 08:47 AM

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    JadesDitoyr Male 18-29
    841 posts
    September 1, 2013 at 8:48 am
    Link: Language Broken - I am literally ashamed by this.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
    7033 posts
    September 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Reminds of the movie "Alphaville," where dictionaries replace the Bible and new editions have to be printed every day to keep up with the words that are banned or just disappear from usage.

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    Vimto Male 40-49
    2853 posts
    September 2, 2013 at 9:24 am
    I like her, she gets it.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32794 posts
    September 2, 2013 at 9:56 am
    I literally could care less...

    (Really? "I could care less" is a REGIONAL SLANG PHRASE around here! That`s allowed, eh? Eh?)
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    patchouly Male 40-49
    4746 posts
    September 2, 2013 at 10:18 am
    This literally makes me sad.
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    Langer Male 18-29
    394 posts
    September 2, 2013 at 10:26 am
    Meh, it`s hyperbole. Not exactly something to get your knickers in a twist over, literally.
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    JadesDitoyr Male 18-29
    841 posts
    September 2, 2013 at 11:46 am
    I don`t mind hyperbole, but really? Do we have to go that far, and make "literally" an autoantonym? I had to look that word up, because I haven`t seen it in use!

    This just... grah! Why language, why? You`ve taken away my Oxford Comma, and now you are ruining one of my favorite Frasier episodes!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36661 posts
    September 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Literally retarded - figuratively speaking.
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    lauriloo Female 40-49
    1803 posts
    September 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    Why don`t they publish a real dictionary with proper words and a colloquialism dictionary for the way stupid people use words?
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32794 posts
    September 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm
    @lauriloo: Only us smart people could tell the two apart... :-)

    "Literally only has ONE definition? Dis mus be da STOOPID Diktanary!"
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    September 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm
    The problem is that dictionaries are chronicles, not authorities.
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    HOBYandy Male 18-29
    3060 posts
    September 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    NO, NO, NO! This is wrong! Even if the statement that people are using the word "literally" in is figurative, the meaning of the word doesn`t change--just the syntax of the sentence. If I say, "He is literally ten feet tall," or some other statement which is supposed to suggest hyperbole, "literally" still means "as stated", it is the context of the sentence that changes. In other words, it is not the individual words that create the meaning, it is the context and syntax in which the sentence is spoken. Even if the way that the word "literally" is being used is changing (which I am opposed to, by the way), the dictionaries that are providing new definitions are wrong.
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    bordo Male 50-59
    907 posts
    September 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm
    Wow, her teeth are unnaturally white.
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    coolthing97 Male 18-29
    1057 posts
    September 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm
    Holy cajole!

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