August 15th, 2013
02:37 AM ET

Definition of literally that isn't literal

This is going to give grammarians a headache, literalists a migraine and language nerds a nervous breakdown.

The definition of literally is no longer the literal definition of literally.

Gizmodo has discovered Google's definition for literally includes this: "Used to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling."


Filed under: U.S.
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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    American English now displays its users' growing contempt for obtaining education white attending colleges and universities to get degrees.

    August 15, 2013 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    It is not PC to use these words correctly:

    August 15, 2013 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Two more politically offensive usages to avoid:
    "Speak to," when the object is a person: one speaks only to issues.
    "Disrespect," as a noun. Disrespect is a verb. "Dis" is a preferable verb, as one avoids arrogance and overly big words.

    August 15, 2013 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I do not agree with Google's definition.

    August 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Rather a literal deviation from a literal connotation of a word literally speaking. Now am i going or coming?

    August 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Speaking and writing American is convenient as it liberates one from the age old English shackles of grammar , phonetics and such impediments.

    August 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And it facilitates some very ignorant-looking written communications. For instance, text speak; not all progress is actually progress.

      August 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    And once again: definitions are expanded all the time: see the word "marriage".

    August 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |