Non-literal use of the word literally.
As time goes by, languages evolve and words which once meant one thing can gradually come to be used to mean something else. One such word which has changed it's meaning over the years is the word 'literally' ... and now it's official!
|A Norwegian woman wearing her birthday suit.|
In honour of this linguistic update, I've listed below a few sporting examples which literally conjure up some strange images. First of all, as you can see from this opening quote, child-birth must be absolute agony for Norwegian woman...
1) “You were up against the Norwegians who are literally born on skis.”
2) “Everton are literally a bag of Revels.”
3) “Nethercott, literally standing in Le Tissier's pocket.”
... David Pleat
4) “England should literally put Algeria to bed.”
|Thierry Henry, pictured yesterday.|
5) “When they came over the hill, Gelete Burka literally exploded.”
6) “Thierry Henry was literally like a fish up a tree.”
7) “I would never write Sri Lanka off. They can literally come out and set the crowd alight.”
8) “She went off so fast she literally died in the last 50 metres.”
9) “Arsenal literally finished the game after 15 minutes.”
10) “Paula Radcliffe is now literally chasing the clock.”
11) “Manchester are literally slicing up Kiev here.”
|Alex McLeish welcomes a new addition to the family.|
13) “He has literally thrown the kitchen sink at that delivery.”
14) “Barcelona have promised their fans they will quite literally play out of their skins tonight.”
And finally, no round-up would be complete without a quote from the master of 'literally' quotes, Jamie Redknapp...
15) “He's literally turned him inside out.”
You can find my original round-up of 'literally' quotes at the link below:
"People Are Literally Tearing Their Hair Out!"