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A Literal Truce Over The Misuse Of 'Literally'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Can we talk about a word? You may use it all the time. Or maybe it drives you up the wall. It's the word "literally." NPR's Rachel Martin talks with David Haglund of Slate Magazine.

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Carol Hawkins from Austin, TX

The word usage driving ME nuts, these days, is "so". What's with these folks, often with PhDs, who, when greeted with a question in an interview begin their answer with "So such and such and so and so..." "So" is a word meant to serve as a link to further explane something you've already been talking about, not to introduce a subject to someone you haven't even acknowledged!

Are these speakers so egotistic as to think that their presence and supposed expertise are preexisting or something? Such misuse puts them in the same class with teeniboppers who overuse the word "like". Instead of instantly making them look like the "in crowd" (the desired affect, I imagine), they are marking themselves immature fad-followers. And I devalue everything they subsequently say!!!

May. 25 2014 08:55 AM

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