Wednesday, May 25, 2016

This Week: More on the language of politics and literature on the podcast + literally

Like “incredible,” “literally” has been so overused as a sort of vague intensifier that it is in danger of losing its literal meaning. It should be used to distinguish between a figurative and a literal meaning of a phrase. It should not be used as a synonym for “actually” or “really.” Don’t say of someone that he “literally blew up” unless he swallowed a stick of dynamite.


This week on the podcast we continue our discussion of political language and literature.

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