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2014-09-03 06:52:59 AM  
 
2014-09-03 09:15:00 AM  
Cool, thanks for sharing.

I've given up on arguing Literally though.  However, the argument that It's used figuratively so often it's become a valid definition, gives me pause.  What does that mean for their, there and they're?  I'm not quite ready to admit that since you know they used the wrong their, you know which one they meat, so it's a valid use.

I guess I'd take up the fight if I thought there was a chance of winning.
 
2014-09-03 09:24:18 AM  
Telly trying to regain control from Kate McKinnon was gold.
 
2014-09-03 09:52:30 AM  

TheGogmagog: Cool, thanks for sharing.

I've given up on arguing Literally though.  However, the argument that It's used figuratively so often it's become a valid definition, gives me pause.  What does that mean for their, there and they're?  I'm not quite ready to admit that since you know they used the wrong their, you know which one they meat, so it's a valid use.

I guess I'd take up the fight if I thought there was a chance of winning.


Like if you tell a lie often enough and loud enough, it becomes true?

I was raised to use the language with care.  It grates on me that the people who can't be bothered to learn and employ proper usage and grammar are rewarded with legitimacy by default.
 
2014-09-03 10:49:01 AM  
MooseBayou: TheGogmagog: Cool, thanks for sharing.

I've given up on arguing Literally though.  However, the argument that It's used figuratively so often it's become a valid definition, gives me pause.  What does that mean for their, there and they're?  I'm not quite ready to admit that since you know they used the wrong their, you know which one they meat, so it's a valid use.

I guess I'd take up the fight if I thought there was a chance of winning.

Like if you tell a lie often enough and loud enough, it becomes true?

I was raised to use the language with care.  It grates on me that the people who can't be bothered to learn and employ proper usage and grammar are
Litterally rewarded with legitimacy by default.


There you go FTFY.
 
2014-09-03 10:50:16 AM  
Snark, its in Fark. Literally. With typos.
 
2014-09-03 12:13:18 PM  

TheGogmagog: Cool, thanks for sharing.


Yer welcomes.
 
2014-09-03 02:40:44 PM  

real_headhoncho: And here are the outtakes.


The actual link is funny... but my lord, the outtakes have me in stitches!  Thanks for that!
 
2014-09-03 03:30:50 PM  
+2
Thanks subby and poster!
 
2014-09-03 05:35:27 PM  

lithappens: Telly trying to regain control from Kate McKinnon was gold.



Ohhh! THAT'S who that was.

No, wait, who is that? Someone on TV? I've never seen her before, but she has a sort of Caroline Rhea vibe.
 
2014-09-03 05:44:30 PM  
I have a theory on the overuse/misuse of "literally" -- I think people are using it as a placeholder for "f*cking" or "motherf*cking".

Examples...

What they say:  "I literally died laughing."
What they think they're saying: "I f*ckin' died laughing."

What they say: "I was literally blown away by the pics of Jennifer Lawrence!"
What they think they're saying:"I was f*ckin' blown away by the pics of Jennifer Lawrence!"

What they say: "I will literally kick your ass."
What they think they're saying: "I will f*ckin' kick your ass."

I think "literally" has become a fill-in word for places where they would normally say the grandaddy curse word, but somehow decide they'll curb their tendency to curse by patching in a word that doesn't belong there at all.
 
2014-09-04 01:11:46 PM  

lithappens: Telly trying to regain control from Kate McKinnon was gold.


That scene made me realize that if they did Muppets WKRP... Telly would be Les Nessman.
 
2014-09-04 08:14:11 PM  
From the OED, on "literally":

c. colloq. Used to indicate that some (freq. conventional) metaphorical or hyperbolical expression is to be taken in the strongest admissible sense: 'virtually, as good as'; (also) 'completely, utterly, absolutely'.Now one of the most common uses, although often considered irregular in standard English since it reverses the original sense of literally ('not figuratively or metaphorically').

So literally now means literally and (literally) not-literally....
 
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