Literally, a discussion about literally

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"Literally" is one of the most commonly misused words in the English language, with even the deputy prime minister is guilty of it. Writer and comedian Paul Parry and Mark Forsyth, author of the book The Etymologicon which looks the origin and meanings of words, discuss our literal failings. #language #words #literally
Contributed by BBCR4Today
over 2 years ago
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BasBarra

Another one which 'gets my goat' (and often used by BBC interviewers/ees, is "(so many) times less" or "times smaller"!
Utterly impossible!

BasBarra over 2 years ago

Leagality

Some years ago I saw a football manager, during a post-match TV interview, say of a particularly exciting incident "My heart literally leapt into my mouth".

Leagality over 2 years ago

rogergray1965

A Stephen King quote on another books dust jacket read as follows, "My hands were literally nailed to the book." As an author he really should know better!

rogergray1965 over 2 years ago