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Language Broken

Hits: 4682 | Rating: (3.7) | Category: Arts & Literature | Added by: JadesDitoyr
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coolthing97
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 1049 Posts
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 11:51:30 PM
Holy cajole!

bordo
Male, 50-59, Western US
 794 Posts
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 7:32:36 PM
Wow, her teeth are unnaturally white.

HOBYandy
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 3071 Posts
Tuesday, September 03, 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
 14826 Posts
Monday, September 02, 2013 7:54:04 PM
The problem is that dictionaries are chronicles, not authorities.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26309 Posts
Monday, September 02, 2013 6:24:02 PM
@lauriloo: Only us smart people could tell the two apart...

"Literally only has ONE definition? Dis mus be da STOOPID Diktanary!"

lauriloo
Female, 40-49, Midwest US
 1805 Posts
Monday, September 02, 2013 12:49:27 PM
Why don't they publish a real dictionary with proper words and a colloquialism dictionary for the way stupid people use words?

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Monday, September 02, 2013 11:57:34 AM

Literally retarded - figuratively speaking.

JadesDitoyr
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 560 Posts
Monday, September 02, 2013 11:46:11 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!

Langer
Male, 18-29, Europe
 392 Posts
Monday, September 02, 2013 10:26:44 AM
Meh, it's hyperbole. Not exactly something to get your knickers in a twist over, literally.

patchouly
Male, 40-49, Canada
 4632 Posts
Monday, September 02, 2013 10:18:24 AM
This literally makes me sad.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26309 Posts
Monday, September 02, 2013 9:56:19 AM
I literally could care less...

(Really? "I could care less" is a REGIONAL SLANG PHRASE around here! That's allowed, eh? Eh?)

Vimto
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2631 Posts
Monday, September 02, 2013 9:24:41 AM
I like her, she gets it.

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5477 Posts
Monday, September 02, 2013 9:16:21 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.


JadesDitoyr
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 560 Posts
Sunday, September 01, 2013 8:48:13 AM
Link: Language Broken [Rate Link] - I am literally ashamed by this.


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