This usage is actuallyafamous milestone in literature. At the beginning of the great short story The Dead in Dubliners, James Joyce opens with the line “Lily, the caretaker’s daughter, was literally run off her feet.” That’s not true, of course, but it’s the kind of mistaken usage the character Lily might have used. Some Joyce scholars (Hugh Kenner) mark mark this as at least signaling the point when Joyce started altering the voice of the narrator in his fiction to reflect the vocabulary, usage, and knowledge of the characters, with the narrator’s voice shifting as the focus of the narrator moves from character to character. So while literally incorrect, one might say that it is literarily correct.
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