http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...y-admits-used-wrong-sense-word-literally.html No longer can we be disappointed when someone says "I was literally killing myself with laughter" as they tell you the story with no hint of the terminal damage that they stated they had caused themselves. No longer can we linguistic snobs snigger at the uneducated as they keep using the word to mean the exact opposite. It is a sad day: the word "literally" has now joined words such as "bad" and "sick". The OED has relented to the lowest common denominators of our language and made it officially acceptable to use "literally" when we actually mean the opposite: "metaphorically". Now when someone says that they were literally doing something, how are we to know if they mean what they say when it now means, per the OED, the opposite? A sad state of affairs. But our ever-changing language is rife with examples of how popular laziness overtakes those who put effort in to be correct. Why bother any more. I was literally not going to post this thread until I literally blew my brains out with needing to get it off my chest. Consider me literally cleansed of the literally literal annoyance. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!