I literally don’t remember a time where literally literally was only used to mean literally.
Its because its been used as figuratively since the 1500s at the earliest we can find.
Its like OMG originating in at latest the 1800s
Remember when “terrific” was to “terror” as “horrific” is to “horror”?
Remember when “Awesome” meant something inspired reverential fear (awe) the same way “awful” does?
Remember when someone looking “Ravishing” meant they were starving as in “ravenous”?
Remember when “fun” meant the same thing as “fool” instead of “enjoy”?
The world is full of words that used to mean something else, but slang, hyperbole and sarcasm changed them over time. That’s what language does.
Ejaculate used to be more commonly used to be yelling.
And Pepperidge Farm wasn’t founded until 1937, so it definitely does not remember.
What's it like being a tricentennial?
Merriam Webster actually gave literally a secondary definition:
>2: in effect : VIRTUALLY —used in an exaggerated way to emphasize a statement or description that is not literally true or possible
So literally literally doesn't have to be literal anymore, it can literally be hypothetical.
I am literally confused by your last sentence.
i literally cannot remember
Is this a Hikaru meme
He literally doesn't care chat
This frustrates me so much. Literally had been used to mean figuratively for 250 years. This is not a new phenomenon. English is a living language which means it changes with use. If this was occurring in the last few years or even decades, I could see the frustration, but getting annoyed at the use of literally to mean figuratively is like getting annoyed at people saying goodbye instead of God be with ye.
I heard a guy use "figuratively" instead of an exaggerated "literally" a few years ago. I've been doing the same ever since. Hopefully it catches on.
Except it's been used in that manner since the time of Shakespeare
"I loved this girl. But then she took a giant shit on my face. Literally."
"No, not literally. That's disgusting. What's the matter with you?"
Some people are literally into that so it would be hard to tell if that's a bad thing from that person's perspective.
Schrute farm remembers too.
Remember when ignorant wasn’t a synonym for rude?
They changed the definition in the dictionary to include its figurative use as well.
Remember when remembering something actually meant remembering it? Pepperidge Farms remembers remembering.
Does Pepperidge Farm remember what they put in their cinnamon swirl bread to make it last so damn long? I have a few pieces left of a roll that says the sell by date is Feb. 15th and it is still fine. Not sure if I should be worried that I have bread almost 2 months past the sell by date or the fact that it is still good.
Mad tv did a skit on this like 20 years ago. Literally.
It's literally on YouTube, and I'm going to literally post the reference: https://youtu.be/P_DgJ8R-8XI
The thing that makes my brain hurt is that now there is "literally" no word that means what "literally" was presumed to have meant.
"Literally" hasn't stopped meaning "in a literal sense". It can still mean that, and often does.
But it's also gained the meaning of an intensifier, like "very", or "hella", or "fucking" (in phrases like "the fucking best"). It doesn't *literally* mean "in a figurative sense", like a lot of people here assert. But I'll give you credit for not asserting that in the meme.
Yeah, it's nearly always been used incorrectly.
It's just the past decade or two that the elitist shaming of people who talk how they speak that it became an issue.
I would even say that it was never used "incorrectly". The argument of prescriptive versus descriptive aside. People using literally in the way people hate are using it for exaggeration. It because of its main definition that it works as pure hyperbole. So therefore they are using it "correctly". If you said to someone "You're the absolute worst" when they made a pun you are not using the word "worst" incorrectly. You are exaggerating.
Remember when people who came up with new words and new way to use words were celebrated as "wordsmiths"?
Pepperidge Farm Remembers.
They're just embiggening the English language.
The inappropriate use of literally is figuratively driving me insane
Definitions evolve, and so should you.
Literally, I don't. In my 30+ years it's always been used in cases that weren't always literal.
Oh no, a living language has changed and evolved as the culture around it has? Why don't you go speak Latin instead?
I \_literally\_ called someone out on this on Reddit (yeah, I'm real fun at parties too). She was calling someone "literally a Boomer" and then got annoyed when I pointed out the person's age. She tried to state that no one should take the use of the word "literally" as meaning its actual meaning because it was generally become more than that - perhaps in spoken usage this is true but NOT in the written language.
Nice boomer meme.
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