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#27 - Jameshaich
(02/02/2013) [-]
It's used as emphasis.
They don't literally mean it...
#86 to #27 - YllekNayr
(02/02/2013) [-]
Then they should use "really" or "seriously", rather than a word that is incorrect.
#90 to #86 - Jameshaich
(02/02/2013) [-]
They know it's incorrect, it add mores emphasis to what they mean than using "Really"
#91 to #90 - YllekNayr
(02/02/2013) [-]
>Implying they know it's incorrect, when too many do not
>Implying using a word that is incorrect will add more emphasis than a word that is correct
#93 to #91 - Jameshaich
(02/02/2013) [-]
Look up the definition of literally, and then say that using that wouldn't add more emphasis.
> 2013
> Using meme arrows on FJ


In a literal manner or sense; exactly: "the driver took it literally when asked to go straight over the traffic circle".
-------> Used to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling. <----
#94 to #93 - YllekNayr
(02/02/2013) [-]
[lit-er-uh-lee] Show IPA
in the literal or strict sense: What does the word mean literally?
in a literal manner; word for word: to translate literally.
actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed.
in effect; in substance; very nearly; virtually.

lit·er·al·ly (ltr--l)
1. In a literal manner; word for word: translated the Greek passage literally.
2. In a literal or strict sense: Don't take my remarks literally.
3. Usage Problem
a. Really; actually: "There are people in the world who literally do not know how to boil water" (Craig Claiborne).
b. Used as an intensive before a figurative expression.
Usage Note: For more than a hundred years, critics have remarked on the incoherency of using literally in a way that suggests the exact opposite of its primary sense of "in a manner that accords with the literal sense of the words." In 1926, for example, H.W. Fowler cited the example "The 300,000 Unionists ... will be literally thrown to the wolves." The practice does not stem from a change in the meaning of literally itselfif it did, the word would long since have come to mean "virtually" or "figuratively"but from a natural tendency to use the word as a general intensive, as in They had literally no help from the government on the project, where no contrast with the figurative sense of the words is intended.

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