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The Wrong Definition Of “Literally” Is Literally Going In The Dictionary

This is figuratively the worst thing ever.

1. “Literally” technically means “without exaggeration,” as in “this thing ACTUALLY happened.”

2. But these days some people use it just for emphasis.

3. Which is WRONG. Unless you actually IRL exploded.

4. Also kind of wrong:

6. This annoys a lot of people.

7. But since more and more people are using the wrong “literally,” dictionaries are starting to add the wrong definition to their entries for “literally.”

Like the Oxford Dictionary.

8. And even Webster’s.

9. And even Google!!

10. Is this a brave new world where we can use “literally” as a mere intensifier?

11. Or should we try to keep “literally” literally the same?

Thanks to GalleyCat and Reddit for pointing this out.

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