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(Discover)   This computer literally knows when 'literally' isn't literally literal. Literally   (blogs.discovermagazine.com ) divider line 73
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2014-08-06 11:00:14 AM  
Computers don't know.
 
2014-08-06 11:15:31 AM  
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2014-08-06 11:31:43 AM  
Are we literally going for a trifecta?
 
2014-08-06 12:29:37 PM  
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2014-08-06 12:30:05 PM  
users.planetmadtv.com

/done in ....
 
2014-08-06 12:32:05 PM  

bdub77: Are we literally going for a trifecta?


Totally.
 
2014-08-06 12:35:18 PM  
I assume it's programmed to literally follow Republican speeches.
 
2014-08-06 12:36:56 PM  
Wouldn't it literally be the software and not the computer?
 
2014-08-06 12:37:22 PM  

lockers: Computers don't know.


Apparently, they do now.

Apparently.
 
2014-08-06 12:40:09 PM  
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Well ya, it's literal, apparently!
 
2014-08-06 12:40:17 PM  
Figuratively speaking, of course.
 
2014-08-06 12:40:22 PM  
Yes, but can it totally tell when Totally isn't totally?
 
2014-08-06 12:40:48 PM  
There's been a literal firestorm in recent years on the proper meaning of "literally"

WRONG
 
2014-08-06 12:40:53 PM  

RadiomanATL: Yes, but can it totally tell when Totally isn't totally?


Completely.
 
2014-08-06 12:41:13 PM  
Opposite meaning of "literally" just part of the reason why the dictionary is no longer the definitive source it once was.
 
2014-08-06 12:41:43 PM  
For all intensive purposes 'literally' is one in the same as 'figuratively'.
 
2014-08-06 12:43:35 PM  
This article literally sucks on dead sperm whale cocks.
 
2014-08-06 12:43:39 PM  
What a literal firestorm might look like:

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2014-08-06 12:45:42 PM  

Muta: For all intensive purposes 'literally' is one in the same as 'figuratively'.


I pacifically ask my writers to avoid speaking figuratively when they say "litorally".
 
2014-08-06 12:45:49 PM  

Muta: For all intensive purposes 'literally' is one in and the same as 'figuratively'.


/literally
 
2014-08-06 12:49:13 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Muta: For all intensive purposes 'literally' is one in the same as 'figuratively'.

I pacifically ask axe my writers to avoid speaking figuratively when they say "litorally".

/pet peave

 
2014-08-06 12:49:29 PM  
lit·er·al·ly ˈlitərəlē,ˈlitrə-/ adverb

adverb: literally in a literal manner or sense; exactly.
"the driver took it literally when asked to go straight across the traffic circle" synonyms: exactly, precisely, actually, really, truly; More without question, unquestionably, indisputably "there are literally 214 colors available"


informal used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true. "I have received literally thousands of letters"


Sorry but "literally" literally doesn't have to mean literally anymore.
 
2014-08-06 12:49:59 PM  
It's litty totes
 
2014-08-06 12:50:05 PM  

doubled99: Opposite meaning of "literally" just part of the reason why the dictionary is no longer the definitive source it once was.


Which is ironic, if you think about it.
 
2014-08-06 12:51:42 PM  

Im_Gumby: ArcadianRefugee: Muta: For all intensive purposes 'literally' is one in the same as 'figuratively'.

I pacifically ask axe my writers to avoid speaking figuratively when they say "litorally".

/pet peave


Language for shallow people.
 
2014-08-06 12:52:43 PM  

Gunny Highway: RadiomanATL: Yes, but can it totally tell when Totally isn't totally?

Completely.


And utterly?
 
2014-08-06 12:53:07 PM  

big pig peaches: doubled99: Opposite meaning of "literally" just part of the reason why the dictionary is no longer the definitive source it once was.

Which is ironic, if you think about it.


For real.
 
2014-08-06 12:54:44 PM  
I would not let anything go over my head.

My reflexes are too quick.

I would catch it.
 
2014-08-06 12:54:52 PM  
I hate the way that word sounds when it's accentuated.
 
2014-08-06 12:56:20 PM  
I am literally going to kill Subby.

Gee, I hope he has a better idea of what "literally" means than the TSA, the CIA, the FBI or the media nowadays.
 
2014-08-06 12:58:45 PM  

lockers: Computers don't know.


Neither does my wife
 
2014-08-06 12:59:36 PM  

big pig peaches: doubled99: Opposite meaning of "literally" just part of the reason why the dictionary is no longer the definitive source it once was.

Which is ironic, if you think about it.


Irony can be pretty ironic
 
2014-08-06 01:04:39 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: I assume it's programmed to literally follow Republican speeches.


It would probably be safest to do so. Joe Biden could cause it to explode all by himself in less than 5 minutes.
 
2014-08-06 01:06:04 PM  

Corvus: lit·er·al·ly ˈlitərəlē,ˈlitrə-/ adverb

adverb: literally in a literal manner or sense; exactly.
"the driver took it literally when asked to go straight across the traffic circle" synonyms: exactly, precisely, actually, really, truly; More without question, unquestionably, indisputably "there are literally 214 colors available"

informal used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true. "I have received literally thousands of letters"


Sorry but "literally" literally doesn't have to mean literally anymore.


The words people form into sentences also never had to obscure their mental disabilities, either.
 
2014-08-06 01:08:35 PM  
"Literally" is the only adjective in the English language that can't be used in a figurative or speculative sense, because reasons. Got it. Whatever would I do without Fark to teach me right from wrong?
 
2014-08-06 01:09:27 PM  
Incorrectly is spelled "incorrectly" unless it's spelled incorrectly.
 
2014-08-06 01:15:33 PM  

Zavulon: "Literally" is the only adjective in the English language that can't be used in a figurative or speculative sense, because reasons. Got it. Whatever would I do without Fark to teach me right from wrongleft?


Moran.
 
2014-08-06 01:16:58 PM  

lockers: Computers don't know.


Johnny Five does.
 
2014-08-06 01:18:35 PM  

Zavulon: "Literally" is the only adjective in the English language that can't be used in a figurative or speculative sense, because reasons. Got it. Whatever would I do without Fark to teach me right from wrong?


Waaaaaa, words mean things, waaaaaaaa! I want to use random noises outside of any semblance of context because 'murica!
 
2014-08-06 01:20:02 PM  
I figuratively don't give a flying fark.
Literally.
 
2014-08-06 01:24:43 PM  
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2014-08-06 01:26:06 PM  

Corvus: lit·er·al·ly ˈlitərəlē,ˈlitrə-/ adverb

adverb: literally in a literal manner or sense; exactly.
"the driver took it literally when asked to go straight across the traffic circle" synonyms: exactly, precisely, actually, really, truly; More without question, unquestionably, indisputably "there are literally 214 colors available"

informal used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true. "I have received literally thousands of letters"


Sorry but "literally" literally doesn't have to mean literally anymore.


Yes. This got so misused that the word literally lost its purpose by cancelling out its definition with its alternate usage.
 
2014-08-06 01:27:17 PM  
But can it parse the difference between cleave and cleave?
 
2014-08-06 01:32:05 PM  
Our nation's highways are litterly despoiled with garbage and trash.
 
2014-08-06 01:35:39 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Zavulon: "Literally" is the only adjective in the English language that can't be used in a figurative or speculative sense, because reasons. Got it. Whatever would I do without Fark to teach me right from wrongleft?

Moran.


My bad. I meant adverb. The point stands.
 
2014-08-06 01:36:46 PM  
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"Say what now?"
 
2014-08-06 01:37:34 PM  

oryx: There's been a literal firestorm in recent years on the proper meaning of "literally"

WRONG


One would hope they were kidding, because if not, the horror of the engulfing flames must have been awful!

"Separating literal from figurative speech is actually quite complicated."

Right.  Because you'd have to figure out if the meaning is actually real or not.  And who'd be able to do that?
 
2014-08-06 01:38:40 PM  

LoneWolf343: Zavulon: "Literally" is the only adjective in the English language that can't be used in a figurative or speculative sense, because reasons. Got it. Whatever would I do without Fark to teach me right from wrong?

Waaaaaa, words mean things, waaaaaaaa! I want to use random noises outside of any semblance of context because 'murica!


It's not my fault you don't know how natural languages work. Meaning is determined by common usage. Always has been, always will be. But you have fun trying to hold back the tide.
 
2014-08-06 01:41:24 PM  

Zavulon: ArcadianRefugee: Zavulon: "Literally" is the only adjective in the English language that can't be used in a figurative or speculative sense, because reasons. Got it. Whatever would I do without Fark to teach me right from wrongleft?

Moran.

My bad. I meant adverb. The point stands.


Funnier: I was just making a stupid joke; didn't even register the adverb/adjective thing.

Aside: "Literally" means "literally"; using it to mean "not literally" (figuratively) is ridiculous. It's not about words being sacrosanct in their meanings, it's about clarity.
 
2014-08-06 01:51:18 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Zavulon: ArcadianRefugee: Zavulon: "Literally" is the only adjective in the English language that can't be used in a figurative or speculative sense, because reasons. Got it. Whatever would I do without Fark to teach me right from wrongleft?

Moran.

My bad. I meant adverb. The point stands.

Funnier: I was just making a stupid joke; didn't even register the adverb/adjective thing.

Aside: "Literally" means "literally"; using it to mean "not literally" (figuratively) is ridiculous. It's not about words being sacrosanct in their meanings, it's about clarity.


If it's clarity you want, I'd point out that no one seems to have any trouble understanding the usage. I hear it a lot, living in California, and I've never heard anyone use the figurative sense in a way that could be even slightly ambiguous. It's only the prescriptivists who have their panties in a bunch about it.
 
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