If you have ever heard someone use this phrase, or *shudders* used it yourself, bring same upon that person.
Guys, this needs to stop. The misuse of the word literally is so common today that it is commonly looked over. BUT NO MORE. Because, dear readers, we are going to make a change.
[lit-er-uh-lee] Show IPA
in a literal
manner; word for word: to translate literally.
actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed.
in effect; in substance; very nearly; virtually.
Thank you, dictionary.com, for setting the record straight. Only use the word literally if it actually happened.
The next time someone says, “I LITERALLY peed my pants from laughing,” do not encourage them. Instead, say, “Oh, no! That’s terrible. Did you have to replace the pants?”
How are you going to help educate the population of america?
P.S. By the way, happy Valentine’s day!