Friday, August 11, 2006

Literally stupid

I sometimes wonder if I use the term "stupid" too much. Then I remind myself that the amount of stupidity around isn't under my control. Unfortunately.

It is time to call a ban on the use of "literally". 40% of the cases where it is used are wrong. Where idjuts use it to mean "virtually", or "almost", or "I'm grossly exaggerating". Another 40% of uses are just unnecessary wastes of words. Makes them sound like they're not used to speaking the truth.

Sure, there is that last 20% where it's used appropriately and correctly. But because it's rarely used correctly and appropriately, you tend to doubt that it is when you see it.

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