Saturday, August 24, 2013

Literally is the New Figuratively



I had big plans for today. I was going to grade 20 essays and do a blog post on Google’s new definition of literally. Instead, I have been glued to the couch binge watching Orange Is the New Black. I have literally been watching it all day. And I don’t mean literally in the way that Google defines literally (i.e., figuratively); I mean literally as the adverbial form of the adjective literal, which is defined as in accordance with, involving, or being the primary or strict meaning of the word or words; not figurative or metaphorical.”

Okay, I’ve got to go. I have to be somewhere in two hours, and I literally only have two episodes left. If I don't watch them, I will figuratively die.

13 comments:

Amalie said...

Oh no! Is it the new irregardless? :/

This makes me sad. Sad and slightly violent.

Andrew Leon said...

And "no" is the new "maybe" or "it might be okay."
bah

susie said...

I IMDBed your show and didn't pay attention to the lesson. Sorry. Detention?

Shelly said...

One thing I have not missed at all this school year is grading essays!!! Literally!

the late phoenix said...

YES! YOU DID IT! wink wink

cestlavie22 said...

So glad you jumped on this too! I don't even know why it makes me so angry but it really does! Thank you for using the word properly even in your 'not a post', post!

Stephanie said...

You'll be happy to know (maybe?) that the "literally" scandal was much more upsetting to my friends on Facebook than anything happening in the Middle East. But slightly less upsetting than Ben Affleck being picked to play Batman.

How did you enjoy Orange? I'd better watch this show pretty soon, since everyone else is gobbling it down (figuratively, not literally, because that would cause indigestion) and if I want to avoid spoilers ... !

-Steph (of Writing Sisterhood)

Romance Book Haven said...

Something new to add to my list now.

Nas

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Ack! This is beyond annoying.

Meradeth Houston said...

I'll admit I've literally used the L word a few times when I shouldn't have :) And I keep hearing about Orange and seriously need to check it out!

Theresa Milstein said...

Each time "literally" pops up inappropriately, I want to hit it with a hammer like in the carnival game Whack-a-Mole. Literally.

Holly Vance said...

Dammit, beat me to it. I was gonna do a post this. Now I have to kill you.

DiscConnected said...

I have literally never seen that show...