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October 17, 2019
“Britain literally fizzes with musical talent”

NO. IT. DOES NOT.

I really think this matters. I honestly regret the way the “language evolves” lazyheads excuse things like this, because what they are excusing is not merely linguistic laziness and ignorance, but actual damage to our discourse; the casual denaturing of meaning, of precision in communication, and therefore clarity of understanding. Misuse of “literally” may seem trivial to you, but it is symptomatic of the wider problem. It is another very specific, clear and precise idea sacrificed on the idiot’s altar of “evolution of language”. It literally gives me a headache.