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2013-08-14 10:44:35 AM  
Whoever updated that definition in Google - literally kill yourself. As in definition #1.
 
2013-08-14 10:53:04 AM  

bdub77: Whoever updated that definition in Google - literally kill yourself. As in definition #1.


The Google definitions are written by Google, but they are generally informed by other dictionary sources. If you look at the entries for "literally" in other web dictionaries that Google cites to, you'll note that several others also added that additional definition.
 
2013-08-14 10:57:39 AM  

RexTalionis: bdub77: Whoever updated that definition in Google - literally kill yourself. As in definition #1.

The Google definitions are written by Google, but they are generally informed by other dictionary sources. If you look at the entries for "literally" in other web dictionaries that Google cites to, you'll note that several others also added that additional definition.


They can literally kill themselves also.
 
2013-08-14 10:58:37 AM  

bdub77: RexTalionis: bdub77: Whoever updated that definition in Google - literally kill yourself. As in definition #1.

The Google definitions are written by Google, but they are generally informed by other dictionary sources. If you look at the entries for "literally" in other web dictionaries that Google cites to, you'll note that several others also added that additional definition.

They can literally kill themselves also.


I think you need to take a few deep breaths and accept the fact that languages change over time.
 
2013-08-14 10:59:51 AM  
"Bad" can also mean "good"!
 
2013-08-14 11:00:00 AM  
Shostie:

I think you need to take a few deep breaths and accept the fact that languages change over time.

I think you should re-read '1984' and pay attention this time.
 
2013-08-14 11:02:28 AM  

Sliding Carp: Shostie:

I think you need to take a few deep breaths and accept the fact that languages change over time.

I think you should re-read '1984' and pay attention this time.


He won't get it. Trust me.
 
2013-08-14 11:03:56 AM  
That is so random!
 
2013-08-14 11:18:15 AM  

Sliding Carp: Shostie:

I think you need to take a few deep breaths and accept the fact that languages change over time.

I think you should re-read '1984' and pay attention this time.


Whoa!  Slow down there, and take off your tin-foil hat for a second.. Are you suggesting that we should assume that every time a word is appropriated for another meaning, the government is involved?
 
2013-08-14 11:18:22 AM  
well that's ironic
 
2013-08-14 11:25:56 AM  

RexTalionis: but they are generally informed by other dictionary sources


sounds more infromed to me.
 
2013-08-14 11:56:59 AM  
This is the most mind-mindbogglingly stupid evolution of language, to define a word as the opposite of itself.
 
2013-08-14 11:57:37 AM  
I literally wish these people would kill themselves, painfully.
 
2013-08-14 11:57:47 AM  
Oblig:

4206e9.medialib.glogster.com
 
2013-08-14 11:58:18 AM  
ironic
 
2013-08-14 11:58:25 AM  

Sybarite: That is so random!


Literally random.
 
2013-08-14 11:58:57 AM  
Since it's been used in that manner for, oh, nearly a hundred years now, I'd say it's pretty firmly entrenched.
 
2013-08-14 11:59:10 AM  

firefly212: This is the most mind-mindbogglingly stupid evolution of language, to define a word as the opposite of itself.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-antonym
 
2013-08-14 11:59:18 AM  
Well for all intensive porpoises, its the same difference, right?

/Inflammable means flammable?  What a country!
 
2013-08-14 11:59:32 AM  
I'm all for updating definitions as common word usage changes, but in this particular case it's notable that the only way they could describe the alternate meaning for the word "literally" was to include the phrase "not literally".  To me, this is akin to tacking on antonym meanings to every adjective/adverb to include their use in sarcastic sentences.
 
2013-08-14 12:00:27 PM  
slalomdotcom.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-08-14 12:00:51 PM  
I could care less.
 
2013-08-14 12:01:03 PM  
This literally annoys the f*ck out of me.
 
2013-08-14 12:01:19 PM  
I could care less about this.
 
2013-08-14 12:01:21 PM  

MBooda: I could care less.


*Shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-08-14 12:01:23 PM  
That is literally a cromulent use of the word literally.

/figuratively speaking
 
2013-08-14 12:01:39 PM  
i235.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-14 12:01:56 PM  

MBooda: I could care less.


DAMMIT!
 
2013-08-14 12:02:06 PM  
Lexicon Valley just did an interesting eppisode regarding this...if you're into that sort of thing.
In short, people have been misusing literally since the mid 1800s.
 
2013-08-14 12:02:22 PM  
Well some people do tend to change defintions of words to fit their agenda. Its the nuance.
 
2013-08-14 12:02:27 PM  
That was literally the most epic definition of a word I have ever seen.
 
2013-08-14 12:02:43 PM  
I will continue to use the original definition as the only one, irregardless of other people.
 
2013-08-14 12:02:53 PM  
Inconceivable!
i190.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-14 12:03:02 PM  
Srsly?
 
2013-08-14 12:03:04 PM  

Nogrhi: RexTalionis: but they are generally informed by other dictionary sources

sounds more infromed to me.


I like those guys. The Infromer's Guide to Europe was very helpful. But for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why they never mentioned all the Buddhas.
 
2013-08-14 12:03:47 PM  
Its not that bad.
 
2013-08-14 12:04:01 PM  

RexTalionis: If you look at the entries for "literally" in other web dictionaries that Google cites to, you'll note that several others also added that additional definition.


People say this, but i haven't been able to find one. In fact the very first result for 'literally definition' has:

Usage Problem
a.
Really; actually: "There are people in the world who literally do not know how to boil water" (Craig Claiborne).b. Used as an intensive before a figurative expression.

Maybe i'm just not digging deep enough beyond all the top ones. Haven't found "Larry's awesome internet dictionary" yet.
 
2013-08-14 12:04:22 PM  
Irregardless.
 
2013-08-14 12:04:50 PM  
Does this mean figuratively can now mean literally?
t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-08-14 12:05:09 PM  
Illiterately?
 
2013-08-14 12:05:11 PM  
d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net
 
2013-08-14 12:06:04 PM  
Easily the stupidest common word misused.

Why would you go out of your way to add a word that means almost the opposite of what you're trying to say?
 
2013-08-14 12:06:05 PM  

Shostie: bdub77: RexTalionis: bdub77: Whoever updated that definition in Google - literally kill yourself. As in definition #1.

The Google definitions are written by Google, but they are generally informed by other dictionary sources. If you look at the entries for "literally" in other web dictionaries that Google cites to, you'll note that several others also added that additional definition.

They can literally kill themselves also.

I think you need to take a few deep breaths and accept the fact that languages change over time.


True - but changing because people are too stupid to know what a word really means is sort of hard to accept, ya know?
 
2013-08-14 12:06:14 PM  
Little Italy?
 
2013-08-14 12:06:40 PM  

Priapetic: Well for all intensive porpoises, its the same difference, right?

/Inflammable means flammable?  What a country!



stegriff.co.uk

/missed it by  that much.
// Literally.
 
2013-08-14 12:06:56 PM  
Words destroyed by the internet:

Epic
Literally
Hero


/just woke up too early to think of more
 
2013-08-14 12:07:47 PM  

firefly212: This is the most mind-mindbogglingly stupid evolution of language, to define a word as the opposite of itself.


Awesome didn't always mean "really good."
 
2013-08-14 12:07:59 PM  
Words cannot describe the rage I feel towards google at the moment.  I have always accepted that they are evil, I never expected them to engage in horrible fallacies that are the opposite of what data indicate.
 
2013-08-14 12:08:55 PM  

Anastacya: Words destroyed by the internet:

Epic
Literally
Hero


/just woke up too early to think of more


Word created by the internet:

WAARRRGRBBL
Dammitz
Asplain

Sum zero.
 
2013-08-14 12:09:12 PM  

Anastacya: Words destroyed by the internet:

Epic
Literally
Hero


/just woke up too early to think of more


smoking hot
 
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