Misuse of the word 'literally' can conjure up some strange mental images...
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"You'll literally laugh your head off!"
However, I remember watching Stephen Fry argue once that language is a living thing and that language is constantly evolving. So if people are constantly using a word to mean something other than what it was originally intended, you could therefore argue that after a certain length of time this word then acquires a new meaning. For example the word ‘fabulous’ originally meant ‘pertaining to fables,’ i.e. a centaur or a griffon, for example. But nowadays ‘fabulous’ is just a word which posh people use to mean ‘brilliant’.
I remember arguing with a mate once about language and when I quoted the wisdom of Stephen Fry on language in support of my viewpoint my mate then suddenly conceded the argument stating, ‘You can’t argue with Stephen Fry when it comes to language.’ I would have to agree, so maybe you could argue that the word ‘literally’ has now developed a new meaning, i.e. ‘literally’ now means ‘not literally at all’.
Anyway, whether the word ‘literally’ has obtained a new meaning or not, when taken literally it can produce some interesting mental images, so I thought it would be a cool idea to compile a list of quotes which quite literally use the word ‘literally’ in a totally non-literal sense.
To start things off, Jamie Redknapp has got to feature heavily in any report on the misuse of the word 'literally', so here are a few of his quotes which conjure up some strange mental images:
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2) “He had to cut back onto his left because he literally hasn’t got a right foot.”
3) “It’s literally men against lions out there.”
4) “The crowd behind the goal are literally going insane.”
5) “In his youth, Michael Owen was literally a greyhound.”
6) “Centre forwards have the ability to make time stand still. And when Chopra got the ball, it literally did just that.”
Jamie Redknapp isn’t alone when it comes to the non-literal use of the word ‘literally,’ however. So here are a few more quotes which ‘literally’ had me picturing some weird scenarios...
1) “I literally cried my eyes out for nearly an hour afterward...”
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3) “My legs literally turned to jelly.”
...Rachel Stevens reveals she had some tricky physical challenges to overcome on Strictly Come Dancing.
4) “Monster cookies are meant for kids, but in my house they’re totally for adults too. I love how you can literally add anything to them…”
...a quote on the Vanilla Kichen blog for creative recipes. Hmm, I don’t think I’ll be eating any cookies in their house.
5) “...they literally will split the child in half to live one week with the mother...”
...Ulrika Jonsson commenting on the harshness and inhumanity of the child custody system in Sweden.
6) “I’m literally gutted.”
...my mate (a Newcastle fan) after Arsenal scored four late goals to beat Newcastle 7-3. Luckily, he wasn’t actually literally gutted and he was just extremely disappointed.
7) And finally, here’s one relating to controversial Liverpool striker, Mario Balotelli:
“Balotelli was literally on fire this weekend!”
Actually, judging by some of Balotelli’s escapades involving fireworks, this one might actually be true.
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You can find a selection of sports themed 'literally' quotes at the link below:
"Everton are literally a bag of Revels!"
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