Comments on Profile Post by starence

  1. Mithrandir41
    Mithrandir41
    I don't think it's ironic. A schiit ton of people don't even know how to use there-their-they're.
    Dec 4, 2019
  2. Aelms
    Aelms
    It’s pretty much a function of so many media platforms positioning every user as reading-writers by having some kind of comment section, so the mass influx of discussion becomes a claim to linguistic norms. I’ve literally not remembered see words be so obviously misused when it’s clear the writer cares about being precise.
    Dec 4, 2019
  3. ChaChaRealSmooth
    ChaChaRealSmooth
    They're figurative imbeciles, the lot of them. Metaphorical bastards.
    Dec 4, 2019
  4. imackler
    imackler
    My nine year old daughter misuses literally to mean: "It was amazing and I'm telling the truth." I find it adorable how she's using a "big word", but I'm biased.
    Dec 4, 2019
  5. imackler
    imackler
    One time she said something about "...all the glitter. Literally." Since, I've been saying to her glitterally. She rolls her eyes. I'm such a dad.
    Dec 4, 2019
  6. JustAnotherRando
    JustAnotherRando
    A lot of people literally do not know what literally means.
    Dec 4, 2019
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  7. BenjaminBore
    BenjaminBore
    I, like, literally just fainted. Because I, like, literally just can’t even...
    Dec 5, 2019
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  8. BillOhio
    BillOhio
    People who say 'literally' when the word doesn't apply are usually not stupidly misusing the word, they're exaggerating.
    A word that Does get screwed up constantly is calling abbreviations 'acronyms' when they aren't.
    Dec 5, 2019
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  9. rlow
    rlow
    Forget “literally”, what does “ironically” mean???
    Dec 5, 2019
  10. famish99
    famish99
    Dec 5, 2019
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  11. crazychile
    crazychile
    I'm glad to hear that the overuse of "epic" has subsided a bit. I think "literally" has become the new way to emphasize that something is important and they want to make sure you don't miss it. Hopefully it will be short lived.
    Dec 5, 2019
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  13. SoupRKnowva
    SoupRKnowva
    Dec 5, 2019
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  14. Thad E Ginathom
    Thad E Ginathom
    @famish99, no they are not using the word literally correctly. It's just that dictionaries are not arbiters of correctness, they are describers of usage.

    You could say that literally, has literally become correct!
    Dec 5, 2019
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  15. Thad E Ginathom
    Thad E Ginathom
    The present-day thing I hate more (literally) is the missing-word game. I hate that than anything: how the hell are you supposed to know whether I mean more or less? We can usually guess from context, but the usage is ugly and wrong. Soon, though, it will get included in the dictionaries!
    Dec 5, 2019
  16. Claritas
    Claritas
    Dec 5, 2019
  17. famish99
    famish99
    I don't agree with its usage, but you can't fault them for being incorrect. I have beef with most -ly adverbs used as fillers in modern speech these days anyways. It was literally at first, became basically, now physically.
    Dec 5, 2019
  18. famish99
    famish99
    Thinking back about it, misuse of ironically came before literally.
    Dec 5, 2019
  19. Biodegraded
    Biodegraded
    Yep, crap usage of virtually all those ;)

    Currently (not, note, presently) I'm most annoyed with misuse of 'iconic'. WTF is an 'iconic voice'?
    Dec 5, 2019
  20. imackler
    imackler
    So...this morning at breakfast, my 6-year old daughter points to the Frozen cereal box (don't judge; talk to the wife), pointed to Anna and said "This is Kristen Bell. Literally." Then, she flipped the box around, pointed to Elsa and said, "This is Idina Menzel. Literally."
    Dec 7, 2019
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  21. Thad E Ginathom
    Thad E Ginathom
    @Claritas, "The King's English" by Kingsly Amis? No, I haven't come across that one. Is it funny?

    (Lucky Jim is one of the funniest books I ever read)

    My Arbiters are Fowlers, and a 1960s copy of The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (two volumes.)

    Oh, and I use Google a lot! My big-book-off-the-shelf arm is withering.
    Dec 8, 2019
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  22. Claritas
    Claritas
    @Thad E Ginathom It's solid advice conveyed with humor, much of it sardonic.

    I grew up in America using a one-volume Oxford from the 60s/70s. I still use a one-volume Oxford (Concise, 12 ed., 2011).

    (I'm been meaning to PM you anyway. We can chat about this too.)
    Dec 8, 2019
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