Friday, March 2, 2007

Last post on "literally." I promise.

I found some information on how the poor word came to its current state of abuse, and apparently it goes back a very long way!! Check out these articles:

Robert Fulford's column

Jesse Scheidlower: The Word We Love to Hate. Literally.

Abusers include Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, and F. Scott Fitzgerald! I had no idea. Never really noticed it until the last couple of years, frankly. Wonder if the misuse has just accelerated dramatically.

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