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Language Broken

I am literally ashamed by this.

submitted by: JadesDitoyr
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Hits: 4686 | Favorites: 0 | Emailed: 0 | Rating: 3.7 | Category: Arts & Literature | Date: 09/02/2013
 
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coolthing97
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 1049 Posts
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:51:29 PM
Holy cajole!

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

HOBYandy
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 3071 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.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15126 Posts
Monday, September 2, 2013 7:54:03 PM
The problem is that dictionaries are chronicles, not authorities.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26660 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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