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Literally bullshit
« on: September 26, 2013, 11:20:44 AM »

Quote from: greeperpeeper
Quote from: Earan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23729570
This change to the English language is literally the worst.
welp, time to go kill myself
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013, 11:35:42 AM »

Guess what: "literally" has been used as an intensifier, literally, since the 1700s.

And even if it hadn't, no language is static, unless it's dead. Words change their meaning all the time, but I guess pedantic jerks have to find something to snark about or they will literally explode.
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 12:38:35 PM »

that's so fetch, ted
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013, 12:41:35 PM »

Stop trying to make fetch happen, Niku.
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2013, 12:51:13 PM »

what are we gonna use for "with no figure of language or exaggeration" now tho

someone on twitter suggested "in the biblical sense"

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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2013, 12:52:17 PM »

but fetch is streets ahead
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2013, 01:15:46 PM »

You frelling skaglicks can literally bong my mangoes.

But seriously, in the future (if we are not dead) language people will study our shit and be like LOL DID U SEE WEN THEY STIL USED 'C' N THE WORD "FUK" WAT A FUKIN WAST OV TIM/ENERGY BRB CYBER-SLUT WIFE WANS 2 PLAY CAL OV BOTY 2^17th
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2013, 01:18:37 PM »

p.s. or myabe tehy'll rliezae you dno't need to agnarre the lertets as lnog as the fsirt and lsat are in the rhgit pclae
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2013, 01:35:05 PM »

this is the way the world ends

not with a whimper, but with an interrobang
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2013, 01:43:36 PM »

this is the way the world ends

not with a whimper, but with an interrobang

oh my god
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2013, 03:07:54 PM »

Guess what: "literally" has been used as an intensifier, literally, since the 1700s.

And even if it hadn't, no language is static, unless it's dead. Words change their meaning all the time, but I guess pedantic jerks have to find something to snark about or they will literally explode.

The problem I have with this is that using "literally" in this way, is meant as hyperbole, an exaggeration. The whole reason it WORKS is because it means what it meant before this change. A person saying a guy is "literally a greyhound" or that a heavy object weighs "literally a ton" do not mean "metaphorically", they mean "literally" and are simply exaggerating to stress a point.

Changing to this new meaning makes the the word "literally" more confusing than it needs to be for no reason and also changes the meaning of what everyone who uses the word incorrectly is saying. This is a foolish change and makes me think even less of the oxford dictionary than I already did as its editors apparently haven't ever heard of exaggeration or know what it means.
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2013, 03:23:49 PM »

what are we gonna use for "with no figure of language or exaggeration" now tho

Right, that's exactly the fucking point.  If the word "literally" now means "not literally", then what the fuck word means "literally"?

It's a word where there's really no other convenient English equivalent, being used to mean its own complete opposite.  It's like if people started using "bullshit" to describe honest and accurate information.
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2013, 03:30:57 PM »

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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2013, 04:48:40 PM »

Damn, if only we had some kind of...system for determining the meaning of a word from the context given to it by the words around it, perhaps in some sort of structured word string.

Oh well. Guess we'll just have to stick to looking up words one-by-one in the dictionary.
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2013, 10:11:38 PM »

WELL SORRY FOR WANTING TO COMMUNICATE CONCEPTS SOMETIMES WITHOUT IT BECOMING SOME SORT OF MINIGAME

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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2013, 10:51:35 PM »

Damn, if only we had some kind of...system for determining the meaning of a word from the context given to it by the words around it, perhaps in some sort of structured word string.

Oh well. Guess we'll just have to stick to looking up words one-by-one in the dictionary.

expecting people who misuse literally to know what context is might actually be the funniest thing you've ever posted
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2013, 11:36:57 PM »

People who complain about the meaning of the word literally are figuratively bags full of dicks. You might as well start complaining about how the weathered barn weathered the storm.

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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2013, 11:44:03 PM »

I literally could care less about the whole deal.
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Re: Literally bullshit
« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2013, 12:54:33 AM »

So right now, Gawker's running a "Privilege Tournament". Not about who has the most privilege, but who has the least privilege.

No, I'm not going to link it.
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