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#51 Posted by TheKing (856 posts) -

The only thing that annoys me on this site is Alex overuse of "and that's a thing" to mock stuff he isn't into. We get it... you don't like a lot.

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#52 Posted by Milkman (18913 posts) -

How about we let them talk how they please, yes?

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#53 Posted by vonFlampanker (352 posts) -

@deathstriker666: I don't disagree, but I think you can have it both ways. When something like "literally" falls into incorrect common usage the language itself loses a bit of its expressive strength. A lot like "ironic" has over the past couple of decades. Sure you can use it, but if it doesn't have to mean what it means, what good is it as anything but a mid-sentence placeholder?

This isn't the OED's fault as you pointed out. No need to kill the messenger even if the messenger is a little too eager. Glen was right to look it up and show me the definition.

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#54 Posted by ShaunK (1620 posts) -

@vonFlampanker said:

I've noticed this on a lot of podcasts and daily conversations lately: over-use of "literally" for emphasis instead of to describe something happening in fact. I've noticed it on the Bombcast for the last three or four weeks.

It's distracting because I always have to stop the flow of listening to the conversation and parse out whether or not the "literally" is correctly applied. Off the top of my head I remember (Patrick) saying "the guy literally flew 20 feet in the air" which probably isn't correct because if someone is thrown into the air they're not literally flying. And I'm not sure if anything could be said to be literally happening inside a video game.

Something to think about anyway. What do you guys think? Do you even notice this?

Patrick's example is the correct use of literally. Assuming the guy actually did fly 20 feet in the air. The literally does not apply to the flying, as flying and throwing can be use interchangeably in such a context. The literally applies to the height. So this statement is actually correct. What what?

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#55 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

One of my communications professors overused the word all the time.

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#56 Posted by kingzetta (4497 posts) -
@vonFlampanker: you should play saints row
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#57 Posted by vonFlampanker (352 posts) -

@kingzetta: Heh. With that I think this thread's done.

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#58 Posted by eccentrix (2006 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

@RedDragon123 said:

People on this forum actually complain about how many times people use a word?

Wow, you guys are impossible to please.

Welcome! next week it'll be all about how Vinny is too Italian!

Mamma mia!

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#59 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -
@YI_Orange said:

All I think of when I hear/read the word literally is Rob Lowe in Parks and Rec and the way he says it.

This is literally what I've come to think of as well. 

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This used to be what I thought of when people misused it before Parks and Recreation.
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#60 Posted by Arker101 (1484 posts) -

I used to get annoyed by the BombCrews way of speaking, but then I took an arrow to the knee.

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#61 Posted by Getz (3764 posts) -

Stuff like that used to bother me, but then I literally said "fuck it"

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#62 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -
@Cloudenvy

Nope, I don't let extremely small and unimportant things like that bother me! :D

Emphasis on "extremely small and unimportant "
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#63 Posted by Galiant (2237 posts) -

This thread is all kinds of stupid and pointless.

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#64 Posted by SlashDance (1867 posts) -

I literally never noticed that.

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#65 Posted by I_smell (4219 posts) -

@vonFlampanker said:

Off the top of my head I remember (Patrick) saying "the guy literally flew 20 feet in the air" which probably isn't correct

Was he talking about Skyrim?

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#66 Posted by TechnicallyProficient (95 posts) -

I have been taking the exact same issue with the bombcast for a while now as well. I think it's a thing where once you notice, you can never stop noticing.