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Does anyone dislike the word " literally " as much as I do ? All the talk show hosts and guests use it constantly and it drives me nuts, mostly because it's used out of context. When did this become a thing ? 

 

 

I amended my comment from hate to dislike, I realize " hate " was just too strong a word.

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no issue for me

 

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The word I hate is "iconic".  Everything is "iconic."    Followed by "obsessed"  I'm "obsessed with -----

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Literally is a word that is NOT needed.  "I literally ate the whole thing."  Take out the word literally and it says the same thing..."I ate the whole thing." 

 

"I literally slept 12 hours."  "I literally got paid to do that."  "I literally told her off."  All these statements do not need the word literally.

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There's only one host that I hear use the word "literally"...and yes its a bad habit and the word isnt needed....

 

But the one I hear all the time in popular culture currently is BASICALLY!!!  It drives me and Judge Judy nuts...LOL 😄

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@Grnthumb    We've had many discussions here about the host's improper use of the word literally.  I wouldn't say they use it out of context, but rather improperly.  Such discussions never solve anything.  The misuse of the word continues.

 

Don't hate the word.  It's a fine word if used properly.  Unfortunately, it usual!y isn't.

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@Grnthumb wrote:

Does anyone hate the word " literally " as much as I do ? All the talk show hosts and guests use it constantly and it drives me nuts, mostly because it's used out of context. When did this become a thing ? 


@Grnthumb   I agree...... Over used and at times used inappropriately.  Not just here but I notice it on other shows on TV, especially on my local news.  Another thing I hear way too often is "as well."  I guess they use it to sub for "also" and "too."  Usually it's not even needed.  And it is certainly not needed in every other sentence.  

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I hardly ever watch and when I do I mute,so don't hear much literally. But the one I hate is "like".

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LOL - I agree. Same with "actually"

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Rather than using it correctly, the hosts use it for emphasis.  Since everything they say during their presentations is one gigantic exclamation point, "literally" gets said a lot.