Semantics

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John Cage Bubblegum

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29th Jan 2008 at 11:43 am

John Cage Bubblegum -

 
Quote: LassieTheEvilOne
I think when people use "literally" too much as well i.e. "I literally couldn't stop laughing"... So you're still doing it now or did you need to have your vocal chords removed?

That actually p*sses me off a fair bit.

Seconded.
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Colin

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29th Jan 2008 at 11:55 am

Colin -

 
Quote: samurai_hedgehog
Quote: LassieTheEvilOne
I think when people use "literally" too much as well i.e. "I literally couldn't stop laughing"... So you're still doing it now or did you need to have your vocal chords removed?

That actually p*sses me off a fair bit.

Seconded.

Yep.
As for the metaphor one; I generally don't use metaphors because I don't like lying and am pedantic in my communication to an almost Asperger's standard (For example, I can't say "That's the straw that broke the camel's back" unless there's a camel and a straw involved). As a jokey substitute, I use this whole "proverbial" thing but leave out the nouns just to complicate things - "That's the proverbial that broke the proverbial's proverbial".
I only do this in jest, but The Doc's post has enlightened me that it's actually 'metaphorical' - I never thought about it before - and I'll have to adapt. Annoying, as it's a more difficult word to say.
Ain't that a metaphorical in the metaphorical?
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wombat

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29th Jan 2008 at 11:56 am

wombat - Technically sexy.

Technically sexy.

 
Quote: samurai_hedgehog
Quote: LassieTheEvilOne
I think when people use "literally" too much as well i.e. "I literally couldn't stop laughing"... So you're still doing it now or did you need to have your vocal chords removed?

That actually p*sses me off a fair bit.

Seconded.


argh, I know!

They couldn't get the use of the word more wrong- I mean, thats the EXACT opposite of how its supposed to be used.
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Colin

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29th Jan 2008 at 12:06 pm

Colin -

 
'Practically' is a technically correct substitute for the misused 'literally' but I don't like to use it because it's a contradiction of the word's primary definition.
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Tobias Fünke

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29th Jan 2008 at 12:41 pm

Tobias Fünke  - I blue myself.

I blue myself.

 
Quote: The_Educatedwombat
Quote: samurai_hedgehog
Quote: LassieTheEvilOne
I think when people use "literally" too much as well i.e. "I literally couldn't stop laughing"... So you're still doing it now or did you need to have your vocal chords removed?

That actually p*sses me off a fair bit.

Seconded.


argh, I know!

They couldn't get the use of the word more wrong- I mean, thats the EXACT opposite of how its supposed to be used.


Private Eye used to have a literally section in their colemanballs books. Football commentators were fond of using it...'he's literally got Lineker in his back pocket'
Analrapist.

Tobias Fünke

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29th Jan 2008 at 12:43 pm

Tobias Fünke  - I blue myself.

I blue myself.

 
Overuse of 'basically', 'at the end of the day' and 'you know what I mean?' at the end of every sentence. That's annoying.

Analrapist.

Chris Kamara

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29th Jan 2008 at 12:59 pm

Chris Kamara -

 
Quote: Look_Dad_No_Tunes
Overuse of 'basically', 'at the end of the day' and 'you know what I mean?' at the end of every sentence. That's annoying.


Literally, every single footballer does that in an interview. Proverbially speaking, it's quite stupid.

Colin

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29th Jan 2008 at 4:52 pm

Colin -

 
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