When I went to post a little sarcastic bit about the word “literally” and how it is used incorrectly SO often I went to to make sure I provide the definition, which is just my way if you’ve seen any other Wacky Wonderful Words posts I have put out.

What I found “literally” dumbfounded me.  When did Webster decide to alter the definition of “literally” to include number 4?  I’m fairly sure that was not part of the definition previously.

Literally  (Webster)


in the literal or strict sense: She failed to grasp the metaphor and interpreted the poem literally.

What does the word mean literally?

in a literal manner; word for word:

to translate literally.

actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy:

The city was literally destroyed.

in effect; in substance; very nearly; virtually:

I literally died when she walked out on stage in that costume.
I am disappointed, this used to be such a statement word, now it has lost it’s power.  I’m literally hurling myself off the balcony…because that’s acceptable now.

5 thoughts on “Literally

  1. Omg I’m literally raging bc I literally just wrote a post in which I bitched about this overly misused word. I’m with you guys…change NOT approved. Save that for the urban dictionary plsnthx. E.

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