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|Subject: You know, like, literally!||Date: 11/15/2012 1:59 PM|
|Author: slowlythere||Number: 868735 of 889662|
I have spent a lot of time in the last year with a young twenty-something who says "literally" frequently.
I have found myself slipping into the habit of saying it more than a few times a day as now. I'm wondering if there is some sort of twitter thing where this is now #literally somewhere. No, I don't twitter. Or is that tweet?
Any ideas of how to stop?
The use of literally as an intensifier is common, esp in informal contexts. In some cases, it provides emphasis without adding to the meaning: the house was literally only five minutes walk away. Often, however, its use results in absurdity: the news was literally an eye-opener to me. It is therefore best avoided in formal contexts
"literally." Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 15 Nov. 2012. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/literally>.
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