Most Misused Word, Literally Changes
Not really, but the redefinition of the word literally leaves it in a rather awkward state. Perhaps it is a word best avoided for the moment!
The most misused word in the language has officially changed definition, literally! Some dictionaries have added its other more recent usage alongside its original one: in a literal manner or sense; exactly‘.
- The driver took it literally when asked to go straight over the traffic circle.
Google defines its new meaning as, can be used “to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling.”
The STAR Team
Source: Martha Gill, The Guardian