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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Literally an Important Post

Merriam-Webster has officially given up.  The latest edition provides the following as the secondary definition of the word "literally":
"in effect : virtually literally
turn the world upside down to combat cruelty or injustice — Norman Cousins>"
So I guess you could say that Merriam-Webster has literally thrown in the towel.  I mean you could say that, but I won't; I like my words to retain their meanings.  

I know such literal nitpicking is persnickety as heck--and quite honestly, I usually wouldn't call somebody out for such a casual usage of "literally."  I take strong issue, however, with a dictionary literally declaring that an acceptable definition of "literally" is literally "not literally."

I think it's nap time.

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