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I am literally ashamed by this.

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Male, 18-29, Southern US
 1057 Posts
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:51:29 PM
Holy cajole!

Male, 50-59, Western US
 909 Posts
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 7:32:35 PM
Wow, her teeth are unnaturally white.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 3073 Posts
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:15:59 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.

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15860 Posts
Monday, September 2, 2013 7:54:03 PM
The problem is that dictionaries are chronicles, not authorities.

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29118 Posts
Monday, September 2, 2013 6:24:01 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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