“Literally” Literally Means Figuratively Now
Literally, should mean, “in a literal manner of sense; exactly”. Unfortunately, pop culture has, literally (now), beaten the folks at Merriam-Webster, Google, and MacMillian Dictionary intosubmission.Instead,it also means “in effect”. That’s right! There’s an new word that’s as useless as “irregardless”.
I am literally upset about this, or am I? I don’t even know anymore…irregardless, check it out below.
The only group with their heads on straight seem to be the people over at Oxford. They still consider the latter use “not acceptable in formal contexts, though it is widespread.”