Writing Pet Peeves #5: Literally

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I don’t know if I’m going to be able to write this post without banging my head on my desk. This is way up there in terms of the most annoying things people can do around me. Using “literally” for everything, and being wrong every single time.

“I’m so sick I’m literally dying right now.”

“I was literally laughing my ass off.”

“I just ate so much I’m literally going to explode right now.”

GAH! Stop it! My response just about every time someone uses this word wrong is, “I’m literally about to slap you across the face!” I think this is one of those words that will be used incorrectly as long as it’s in use. Why? Because way too many people use it incorrectly and no one corrects them. Sometimes the media or pop culture play a part in words and phrases that are used incorrectly, but I don’t even know how this happened. What I do know is that ever since I was a young kid I’ve constantly heard this misused. I don’t remember any teacher ever correcting a student. And I’ll even admit that I don’t correct people now. Because it’s a lost cause. Ten minutes after I correct someone they’ll use it incorrectly again. Ugh.


In other news, I went ahead and made a new blog! I know I said I wasn’t but I decided it wouldn’t be the end of the world to start fresh. It’s all about sports. It’ll be exactly the same format as this, but sports. My first post and About Me page are already up. So take a look! And follow. Pretty please.