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  • Deleted user 14 August 2013 20:42:38
    Literally now officially an auto-antonym.

    Next up, let's get nonplussed to mean "doesn't give a shit".
  • Razz 14 Aug 2013 20:45:13 61,198 posts
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    Hehe!

    Synonym: Figuratively

    Antonym: Figuratively

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  • neilka 14 Aug 2013 20:46:43 15,914 posts
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    ecosse literally touched all them kids

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  • OptimusPube 14 Aug 2013 20:47:03 3,016 posts
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    Paging Boo to the thread.

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  • Deleted user 14 August 2013 20:56:31
    I'm just going to use it as much as I can so no-one knows what to predict.


    I'm literally going to stab your eyes out.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 14 Aug 2013 20:57:42 38,134 posts
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  • President_Weasel 14 Aug 2013 20:58:03 9,295 posts
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    meme wrote:
    Literally now officially an auto-antonym.

    Next up, let's get nonplussed to mean "doesn't give a shit".
    That one genuinely annoys me in the way the "literally" one doesn't. I also hate the Americans' idiot use of "I could care less" to mean "I couldn't care less".
  • phAge 14 Aug 2013 20:58:37 24,371 posts
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    I hate this. One of the reasons I love the English language is that it has so many words with subtle nuances in meaning: translating from Danish to English is much easier than the other way around, and expressing yourself accurately is consequently easier as well.

    Looks like you natives don't feel the same way.
  • Deleted user 14 August 2013 21:01:41
    I love the English language in its flexibility, but this is arguably a word that evolved through misuse and ignorance, rather than subtle and textured usage.
  • Razz 14 Aug 2013 21:03:33 61,198 posts
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    meme wrote:
    I love the English language in its flexibility, but this is arguably a word that evolved through misuse and ignorance, rather than subtle and textured usage.
    Over about 350 years though, it's hardly a recent problem.

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  • altitude2k 14 Aug 2013 21:04:44 4,264 posts
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    Along with the uneducated's inability to differentiate between to, two and too, between your and you're, and between there, their and they're, the relentless misuse of the word "literally" really fucking irritates me.
  • Deleted user 14 August 2013 21:06:29
    Odd snippets of it being misused infrequently in the past (often on purpose for wordplay) are nothing compared to the daily assaults in the modern era, mostly thanks to sports commentators. It's definitely a recent trend.
  • phAge 14 Aug 2013 21:11:33 24,371 posts
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    In Danish we (used to) have a term called a "Bjørnetjeneste" (a "bear favour") meaning a favour which seems kind on the surface but ends up doing more harm than good to the recipient (after a fable by La Fontaine about a bear wanting to swipe a fly from the head of his sleeping master and ending up, well, murdering him).

    Apparently, this is too complex for folks nowadays, so now both meanings are considered correct and proper.

    /slow clap
  • Trowel 14 Aug 2013 21:15:09 17,749 posts
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  • onestepfromlost 14 Aug 2013 21:15:51 2,063 posts
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    President_Weasel wrote:
    meme wrote:
    Literally now officially an auto-antonym.

    Next up, let's get nonplussed to mean "doesn't give a shit".
    That one genuinely annoys me in the way the "literally" one doesn't. I also hate the Americans' idiot use of "I could care less" to mean "I couldn't care less".
    This, this, so this. I fucking hate this one. It "literally" boils my blood ;)
  • mal 14 Aug 2013 21:17:31 22,525 posts
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    Lots of words changed their meaning and spelling through misuse, misunderstanding or simply not being able to spell. I don't see why that should stop, if it's common enoughly understood to be common parlance.

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  • Razz 14 Aug 2013 21:18:24 61,198 posts
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    It's so addicting, I loose hours playing it.

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  • Deleted user 14 August 2013 21:27:17
    mal wrote:
    Lots of words changed their meaning and spelling through misuse, misunderstanding or simply not being able to spell. I don't see why that should stop, if it's common enoughly understood to be common parlance.
    I to think that moving towards a language where anything goes is good. People who say otherwise are wrong. There just pedants trying to illicit a response, accept when their write, but I'm totally disinterested in that. Let's ensure that we don't infer that any problems are not as unique as they really are. We can do this altogether, but let's be discrete about it. We don't want to flout our skills or else we'll be hung from the gallows. Borrow me a couple of quid and we'll say no more about it. Who's turn is it to complain next?
  • Deleted user 14 August 2013 21:31:10
    p.s. #yolo lol
  • altitude2k 14 Aug 2013 21:31:16 4,264 posts
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    mal wrote:
    Lots of words changed their meaning and spelling through misuse, misunderstanding or simply not being able to spell. I don't see why that should stop, if it's common enoughly understood to be common parlance.
    I agree in principle, but the definition of "literally" is clearly defined. There is no flexibility. It either is or is, metaphorically.

    People use it because they think it adds emphasis, but what it actually does is make their statement entirely incorrect.
  • ResidentKnievel 14 Aug 2013 21:32:13 6,196 posts
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    This is annoying, literally now means two things that are the opposite of each other.

    I am literally confused and the dictionary people are literally dicks.

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  • jonsaan 14 Aug 2013 21:32:38 25,352 posts
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    Well we managed to get the entire nation to say 'Heightch' instead of eightch for 'H' so it's a slippery slope.

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  • Ror1984 14 Aug 2013 21:39:09 3,290 posts
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    We've literally screwed the pooch.

    Wait.

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  • onestepfromlost 14 Aug 2013 21:42:57 2,063 posts
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    jonsaan wrote:
    Well we managed to get the entire nation to say 'Heightch' instead of eightch for 'H' so it's a slippery slope.
    Who does that? I punch people when they do that in front of me.
  • cubbymoore 14 Aug 2013 21:44:01 36,496 posts
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    I am literally nonplussed about this.
  • B0rked_Gamer 14 Aug 2013 21:50:29 2,672 posts
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    Oh for fucks sake! The idiots are winning. Can we move all the stupid people somewhere please. Mars is nice this time of year...

    /gigasigh
  • localnotail 14 Aug 2013 21:53:58 23,093 posts
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    Can you be plussed about something?

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  • Lukus 14 Aug 2013 21:56:13 19,104 posts
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    Next 'bought' and 'brought' will be merged into one mega word, fit for idiots everywhere to throw around with gay abandon.

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  • President_Weasel 14 Aug 2013 22:01:49 9,295 posts
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    People in London have stopped using the word "to" when referring to destinations; even threats of actual bodily harm won't get them to stop saying "I'm going Tescos". It incenses me.

    On the other hand language is an evolving thing, and I'm definitely on the side of the descriptivists over the prescriptivists, most of the time.

    In this instance though, I think these people are going hell.
  • Fixxxer 14 Aug 2013 22:04:54 1,304 posts
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    Lukus wrote:
    Next 'bought' and 'brought' will be merged into one mega word, fit for idiots everywhere to throw around with gay abandon.
    Let's not bring sexual orientation into it.

    Edited by Fixxxer at 22:05:21 14-08-2013
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