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How Do You Feel About Literally Being Used Figurativly?

When people use the word literally when they are speaking figuratively it drives me bananas. It's one of my English language pet peeves. I know that it is becoming acceptable and informally can be used to add emphasis to a statement, but I find it obnoxious. I feel like the English language has been dumbed down over the years, but now with internet speak and adding things like irregardless to the dictionary I feel like it has gone too far. Do you agree or disagree? I would be interested to hear how you feel on the subject. Is it okay to change the meaning of words because a large portion of the population struggles to understand how to use them?

Literally should only be used to mean things that are literal

3 votes / 75% 3 votes / 75 %

Literally can be used figuratively

0 votes / 0% 0 votes

It doesnt matter to me

1 votes / 25% 1 votes / 25 %

Really? Irregardless is a word now?

0 votes / 0% 0 votes
This poll has received 4 vote(s) so far.

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SoundNFury wrote on January 21, 2015, 4:08 AM

I agree. It drives me crazy when stuff is used incorrectly. The other one I can't stand is when people say "I could care less" when they mean "I couldn't care less." Ugh, makes me nuts! lol

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 21, 2015, 5:01 AM

It drives my son nuts when I accidentally slip and use literally at the wrong time. I on the other hand am not quite so bothered by it

arthurchappell wrote on January 21, 2015, 5:10 AM

I like literally fall to pieces over the whole issue - totally literally agree with you, literally speaking that is, lol

mustchoice wrote on January 21, 2015, 5:21 AM

Keep more and more coming.

AliCanary wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:56 AM

It makes me crazy. People are so ignorant, and it doesn't even bother them that they are. Oy. Also not happy to hear that irregardless is a word. Well, it's not really a word--if t is in the dictionary, it is probably there kind of like "ain't" is there--as a colloquialism that is often used, but is not standard.

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 26, 2015, 10:49 PM

I fear I know the woman who established irregardless. I met her in 1983 and she was using it. I'd never heard it before. Spread like a zombie virus. I do use literally, and know what you mean with misuse, but there is that accommodation of using it for effect: I literally read a book. But the one that gets under my skin for some reason is "impact" used as a verb. Probably cause effect/affect/offect/iffect were always there and being neglocted.