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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?

- ST

usage
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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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.


Like seriously dude, why would you care?

Desert (whatever;-) Dave
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I have spent a lot of time in the last year with a young twenty-something who says "literally" frequently.

He/she (and you) are behind the times. The new buzz word (related to "literally" anyway) is "legit." As in, "That lady backed into my car. Legit." Or even, "He legit ate the whole thing." Granted, it's more related to "no s***", but, you know, what evs.

I started hearing it from my kids in the last few months, I heard it sitting next to a group of twenty-somethings at a soccer game last week, and have seen it in facebook comments recently.

If I was more motivated, and could write, and had time on my hands, and...anyway, I would love to write a book on colloquialisms and the blazing speed with which they are adopted and spread in our social media-fixated world. I have made mental note of their coming (and going) over the last 20 years or so. My wife has been a heavy user since I've known her, which probably jump-started my interest.

v/r
Tom
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Like seriously dude, why would you care?

Fer sure, dude! Fer sure. :)

ST
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Like seriously dude, why would you care?

Fer shur.

Sadie Killmouski
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He/she (and you) are behind the times. The new buzz word (related to "literally" anyway) is "legit." As in, "That lady backed into my car. Legit." Or even, "He legit ate the whole thing." Granted, it's more related to "no s***", but, you know, what evs.

I thought "legit" went out with "too legit to quit!" (2 legit 2 quit!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UJaLq4YOo0

If I was more motivated, and could write, and had time on my hands, and...anyway, I would love to write a book on colloquialisms and the blazing speed with which they are adopted and spread in our social media-fixated world. I have made mental note of their coming (and going) over the last 20 years or so. My wife has been a heavy user since I've known her, which probably jump-started my interest.

Have someone write a twitter novel, in 100 or so chapter installments of 140 characters each. The modern, social-media version of a Dickensian novel.

ST
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<< Or even, "He legit ate the whole thing." Granted, it's more related to "no s***">>



It probably took some Mom YEARS to get that guy to say "legit".

Literally.



Seattle Pioneer
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<Any ideas of how to stop?>

As soon as you can tell me how to stop re-running the same tune in my mind ;-).

Wendy
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Yeah, yeah, yeah.


I first heard the three yeahs in 2002 when I was in England and it bothered me to talk to someone and have them go "yeah, yeah, yeah" before they replied to what I said.

In the last two years, I have heard it creeping into usage around me, even my DH says it. Still bothers me.

Barbara
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Yeah, yeah, yeah

Oh, this one drives me mad! To me, it implies that your listener is utterly bored and wishes you would take your banalities elsewhere. Or, it may just be another annoying vocal tic...

Sadie Killmouski
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Yeah, yeah, yeah

I thought that was a variant of yada, yada, yada from Seinfeld.

Nancy
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Now that you say this, one of my old neighbors says this in every conversation. Generally a nice guy, but I try to avoid him because he has a domineering personality which comes up in conversation. When he says, "yeah, yeah, yeah," I think he's just trying to say, "I'm not really interested in what you're saying, shut up, I want to say my point now."

Fer shur, like I think he's the only one I know that has this as a regular vocal tick, literally.

ST
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I would probably use "totes" or "trufax" instead of "legit". Could be because most of my casual conversation takes place in writing, though.

On another note, if I had three wishes, erasing "I got this"* out of the current constant, daily, every-time-anyone-starts-to-do-something usage would totes be top of the list.

Trufax.

cm,

*and adding "bro" makes it just that much worse
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Yeah, yeah, yeah

I thought that was a variant of yada, yada, yada from Seinfeld.


Round these here parts "Yada, yada, yada" usually goes at the end of a sentence e.g. "So he said yada yada, yada."

And "Yeah, yeah, yeah" usually goes at the beginning of a sentence e.g. "Yeah, heah, yeah I'll do it when I get around to it."
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Actually, the "yeah, yeah, yeah" I am talking about are three, short, staccato yeahs that are said when someone agrees or "understands" what you are saying and will usually start their reply to you with the yeahs.

The longer 3 yeahs meaning "whatever" also bother me, but have been around a lot longer than the 3 short yeahs.

Barbara
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"Any ideas of how to stop?

- ST"

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Start a "Literally" jar - where every time you use the word, you commit
to putting $1 or any change in your pocket into the jar.
Jump up the amount for every time you repeat the word.

Howie52


You will literally pay yourself to stop.

Or not.
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If you find out the secret, please let me know. I was working with south siders for about three months when I realized I had picked the accent, and it refuses to go away.
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I thought that was a variant of yada, yada, yada from Seinfeld.

Which also implies that your listener is bored. Around here the quickest story-stopper is "Heard it!"

LWW
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