Literally, a discussion about literally

"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

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Mar 12, 2012, 09:05 AM
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BasBarra - over 5 years ago

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


Leagality - over 5 years ago

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".


rogergray1965 - over 5 years ago

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!