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Posted 7/18/15

Ejanss wrote:

If you want the ultimate-intensifier adverb to spice up the degree of your sentence, try the safer "Virtually". ("This was virtually my worst day ever!")
That usage suggests that you imagine it could live up to the extreme standards you're describing, even if you know it really doesn't--As opposed to "Literally", which is to suggest that it actually did. (Ie "This was literally my worst day ever!" would mean you counted all 7000 days since you were born.)

And no, it doesn't mean computer things with helmets, either.


I've never heard of "virtually" being used as an intensive. It is used to denote a near-conclusive amount, but that isn't what an intensive does. Where have you seen it being used as an intensive?
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i literally don't even understand what the problem is, i mean can you just literally let people say what they literally want?

sigh... people are literally so close-minded these days...
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This is all I have to say about this subject. Warning, some mild offensive language in video, so don't watch if you don't like that kind of thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n7TBt3Lj94

Also, it's the best quality one I could find for it, and I find the Japanese subtitles highly appropriate for this site.
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Akumanomi wrote:

Now, I'm sure you've heard English nerds, Grammar Nazis and smart alecks alike complain time and time again about this. However, my complaint isn't about the most common misuse of it. (using it as an extreme exaggerator: example-- "It's literally 0 degrees outside omigosh" While it's actually 25 degrees) It's about using it with things it doesn't even make sense with. Example: "He literally ate." Like, how does that even make sense to people? He literally ate? As opposed to figuratively eating? How does one even figuratively eat?

Anyway, I wanna hear your guys' thoughts on this. I feel like I may be one of the only people who has actually payed attention to this, but I'm probably wrong. You can also talk about other improper uses of this word, although I doubt that there are any more that I haven't mentioned.


You should've added to the post "no puns intended"!
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Posted 7/18/15
If its used jokingly then I don't mind, but when people use literally wrongly in a serious conversation it does kinda tick me off
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Widdershins.
Posted 7/18/15
I literally farted.

...."I just farted"

>_>

Hail the Grammar Nazis!
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It's only a big thing now because of Rob Lowe's character on Parks and Recreation. It's funny that people are adopting it who likely don't even know its origin
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Balzack wrote:

It's only a big thing now because of Rob Lowe's character on Parks and Recreation. It's funny that people are adopting it who likely don't even know its origin


They probably drew the inspiration for that part of his character from the old MADTV sketches that emphasized the word. See the video in my post for what I'm talking about. Not that that's a bad thing at all though.
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Fun fact: originally literally actually meant figuratively, see: first known uses of the word literally in publications from hundreds of years ago
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Posted 7/19/15

AnimeKami wrote:

Widdershins.


Oh.. oh.. I know this one.

Counterclockwise. ^-^

I learned that from Neverwhere. Heh..
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I'm only really upset with the misuse of the word when it's s so far off the mark. If someone says "I literally have NO money" when they're actual bank account balance is 0.03, I don't have any complaints. When they say "I'm literally completely broke" when they have $10,000 in that same account.....I take issue. I don't care if you're trying to buy a Ferrari with that money. You're still nowhere near broke, damnit!
Posted 7/19/15
I'm like, literally literal...literally!
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teallerina wrote:

I'm like, literally literal...literally!


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