Literally, you’re killing me…

A brief complaint about ‘literally’.

The word ‘literally’ is meant to emphasize the truth and accuracy of a statement or description or to express exact equivalence with the meaning of each individual word given.

In the first case, you might say, “The house was literally shaken from its foundation during the earthquake.” This is meant to convey the idea that the house is no longer attached to the foundation on which it was built. Really. For real. Not exaggerating.

In the second case —expressing equivalence— you might say, “tempus fugit literally means time flies.” It is a word-for-word translation of the Latin phrase.

But you didn’t ‘literally’ die when Taylor Swift liked your Instagram post.

How ironic that a term designed to emphasize a statement has transformed into just the opposite. It has, in fact, evolved to mean ‘figuratively’ in most cases! The misuse and overuse of ‘literally’ has at a minimum, diluted its meaning. For example, if you tell someone you are literally losing your mind, are they going to advise you to seek psychiatric help? Doubtful.

I wish this tendency to overuse ‘literally’ would fade into obscurity. And I hope I don’t sound like a grumpy old school teacher. [Yes, I know I do…]

It’s Here! My New Book: Time To Lie!

Great news from my pal, Phil Taylor. His new book is out and its sure to be fantastic. I will be hosting Phil for an interview soon. Meanwhile, if you don’t already follow Phil, make sure to visit his highly entertaining blog!

The Phil Factor

This is the most excited I’ve been about anything in quite a while! Now available for Kindle, I’m proud to present…

Time to Lie

The truth is just the lie we’ve chosen to believe, and yours may be different than mine.

Remember that time you dated that complete nutcase and said to yourself, I wish Future Me would have come back and warned me about this. Remember when you and your drunk friends said, If it’s such a bad idea, someone would come back from the future and stop us, right before it blew up in your face and got you in trouble? It would be great to have someone from the future to guide your life, wouldn’t it?

Landon Bridges’ life hasn’t always been perfect, but now he’s in college and determined to make a fresh start and transform himself from high school geek to college chic…well less geeky…

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