As you have seen, I love words. I love the way language works. I can be a bit of a grammar nazi, but I like to keep up with popular references too. You can also use language in dialogue to show your characters. So keep reading!
“How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”
Sorry, Mr. President. Apparently that’s no longer the case.
The meaning of words, it seems, can be changed to whatever definition one sees fit; even if—absurd as it might be—the new definition is the exact opposite of the original meaning.
Sounds almost too ridiculous to be true, right?
Recently, Google updated its dictionary to include an additional definition for the word ‘literally’. The secondary description reads:
“Used to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling.”
Hence, the definition of literally is no longer the literal definition of literally.
(Pause for collective head-scratching, cue Honest Abe rolling in his grave.)
This is a dark reality for literalists and language nerds alike, who collectively clamor…
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