The way people use “literally” rules. The ones to blame are those whose hackles are so easily raised. I’m not optimistic on us all coming to resolution on this in our lifetimes. It may only be resolved once the Literally Police have all died off. But the ultimate triumph of the Liberal Literalists is inevitable. Truth is on their side. Like Lesser Gonzalez sd, “LANGUAGE IS WHATEVER.”
It’s the new “like”. ‘Member that? [Are you s’posed to capitalize the first letter of a word if that word is formed by abbreviating out other letters which would have been capitalized themselves, that is to say the first letter is only first due to the exclusion of other more proper letters?] ‘Member how people complained about it, yet it continued? Another connection: not only is it like “like” in that people complained about it, it’s a continuation of the felt need to compare statements. ‘It’s like a travesty.’ VS ‘It’s literally a travesty.’ The only options henceforth will be to either say ‘exactly’ what you mean or to give up on communication altogether.
there needs to be a bastard offspring of the word ‘literally’, similar to ‘hella’ (as in “i hella love cm punk, he’s hella funny”), that people can use when they feel the need to express what they seem now to only be able to express using ‘literally’
and let me add, cm punk is hella funny, literally
and he’s hella hot, too, but not literally
literally, he’s 98.6 degrees, unless he’s got a fever… or unless he’s on fire, literally
over time i’ve wearily [wearibly] become resigned to the Literally Police and all thr henchmen, but why now do we have to contend with the Graphically Police, all the ones aching on about bad fonts, yr cover image, and etc? that’s the one that currently goats me.