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Figuratively is now a definition of literally!

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2 years ago#1
http://theweek.com/article/index/241002/how-the-wrong-definition-of-literally-snuck-into-the-dictionary

I am far from being a grammar police, but this makes me rage. We are literally letting the misinform win.
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2 years ago#2
oh lord this is just going to encourage another BBT "the dictionary is wrong, here is why..." rants, isn't it?
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2 years ago#3
it should be considered a slang definition, because that's honestly what it is, as well as what a lot of slang is. there, problem solved.
2 years ago#4
I am disappointed in you, OP. The topic title should read; "Figuratively is now figuratively a definition of literally!"
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2 years ago#5
Oh, no, the dictionary is following the trends of how people actually speak, as opposed to maintaining a false front of linguistic purity that has never really existed. Whatever will we do?

Ye knowe eek , that in forme of speche is chaunge
With-inne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys , now wonder nyce and straunge
2 years ago#6
Kwancahi posted...
Oh, no, the dictionary is following the trends of how people actually speak, as opposed to maintaining a false front of linguistic purity that has never really existed. Whatever will we do?


Some changes don't affect clarity or ease of communication, but some do. We should resist the ones that do.

But since dictionaries are only descriptive, it's fine for this meaning of 'literally' to be included.
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2 years ago#7
Can anyone believe that hack Shakespeare? Eventful? Fashionable? Alligator? What a jerk, making up all these new-fangled words. Oh ****, Shakespeare came up with new-fangled too. What a cold-blooded... DAMMIT.
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2 years ago#8
This is literally the best news l have ever heard
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2 years ago#9
Kwancahi posted...
Oh, no, the dictionary is following the trends of how people actually speak, as opposed to maintaining a false front of linguistic purity that has never really existed. Whatever will we do?

Ye knowe eek , that in forme of speche is chaunge
With-inne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys , now wonder nyce and straunge



Altering the dictionary because there are too many people who are too dumb to use the word literally properly should not be encouraged in the least.
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