I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

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I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

Post by Djchrismac » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:52 am

I'm sure others have noticed this but for some time now everyone seems to be using the word literally to describe anything they are discussing and more often than not it's used incorrectly, when figuratively should be used instead.

I noticed this last year with some other words and phrases but I literally can't believe how much I am hearing this now and it is figuratively making my head explode!

What you'll often hear is "I literally died at the thought..." for example. No, you didn't, or you wouldn't be here to tell anyone about it.

I'm now wondering if this is by design and whether intelligence like to drop the occasional word or phrase into every day use and see where it ends up, as part of an experiment? Another is the use of a double yes... "do you know this thing?" "yeah yeah" or "yes yes".

I guess what's more likely is that when something is overused on TV it then filters through society, catches on quickly and is spread through social media and websites by social sheeple, for example:



This goes beyond slang because it is happening everywhere and slang is usually a local thing as some phrases or words used in Scotland remain in regular use here but never spread elsewhere.

So what do you reckon, is the show above the origin of this recent buzz phrase or is it something else like the result of so many people connecting digitally these days?
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Re: I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

Post by Ilkka » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:19 am

Djchrismac wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:52 am
So what do you reckon, is the show above the origin of this recent buzz phrase or is it something else like the result of so many people connecting digitally these days?
It could be from that show, spread through social media and perhaps originally intended as sarcasm. "I literally did stuff and died :D". If they use smilies then I think it is more likely sarcastic than taken more seriously. It adds more drama in the mix for some reason. Perhaps its similar to the "shit" in sentence, "I am doing work and shit" kind of thing, which actually means "I am doing work". Reminded me of that finnish comedian ISMO. On humor section there are few of his videos that you might've seen already. Now it has probably lost its meaning because some people have twisted it and misused it.

I use smilies for sarcasm or jokingly, because the written words cant show the tone of voice I would use for sarcasm.

This reminds me of the thing I cant stand is when they use "then" instead of "than", sentence sounds so stupid when that happens. I almost have written it wrong myself because of some weird reason, perhaps I pay too much attention to it and mistakenly press the wrong button when typing. I know mistakes happen but it seems that the youth today intend to type wrongly.

I remember that I once mixed the words "quantity" and "quality" in chemistry school and used them wrongly and even instructed my class mate that they were otherway around, which they actually weren't. I dont remember if he made the mistake of listening me about that, since he was bad at english language and I was quite good, well better than him. He was better in math than I though, where I sucked and still do maybe even more than ever since I haven't used math skills in many years. But anyways I tend to remember that difference of them words so that I would use them correctly in the future.
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Re: I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

Post by Andrew » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:56 pm

Laziness and ignorance in the mind breed this sort of negligence towards the accuracy of one's vocabulary and speech patterns. The immense social pressure of politically correct ideology, out of fear of otherwise being too "nazi," with anything (!) imaginable, but sticking to this case of Language, creates a soft, indefinite, passive approach to language that only "kind of" "sort of" wants to get an opinion across, not a declarative fact or observation. Of course, definiteness is still needed in the natural world to get anything to work that serves to continue the survival of our species, but that requisite definiteness has been funneled into computer programming; computer linguistics, as of late, at the expense of consciousness.

What they teach: technology > self, as self depends on technology for survival.

I literally approach the topic of magic, as daniel does the development of ethical control units in people, as being necessary towards the survival of the human species. Figuratively speaking, it's like moving mountains, except you're not Jesus, and the faith you have to develop to do it pretty much requires the assistance to others and from others. Impossible to do with indefinite language, and even harder when definite language makes one feel like they're being a Nazi about things. False equivalence hurts. I possibly cannot stand it without outrage. Good topic.
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Re: I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

Post by LoneBear » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:52 am

Djchrismac wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:52 am
So what do you reckon, is the show above the origin of this recent buzz phrase or is it something else like the result of so many people connecting digitally these days?
The video cannot be viewed in the USA, blocked by NBC for copyright infringement.
Ilkka wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:19 am
But anyways I tend to remember that difference of them words so that I would use them correctly in the future.
"those words" ... :D
Andrew wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:56 pm
Laziness and ignorance in the mind breed this sort of negligence towards the accuracy of one's vocabulary and speech patterns.
Like totally awesome, dude! Man, like yeah, u're like literally blowin' my mind.

I'm no Bible thumper, but it does have a few lessons to be learned... like the Tower of Babel. God divided language into multiple language families, to keep man from effectively communicating and again "teaming up" to overthrow the lords. Now the self-proclaimed sons of god are doing it again with "reverse speak" where every word also means its opposite, so you can never be sure of anything that anyone says.

And it is not limited to language... they have also done it with gender identity... heck, when I walk by a High School student, I literally cannot tell if it is a boy or girl--unless you stop and ask for their "pronouns," which then confirms a total sense of confusion. When I compare where society is now, compared to a 50 years ago when I was there... I see a society that is devolving into chaos.
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Re: I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

Post by Ilkka » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:44 am

LoneBear wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:52 am
Ilkka wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:19 am
But anyways I tend to remember that difference of them words so that I would use them correctly in the future.
"those words" ... :D
I try to remember that one too :)
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Re: I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

Post by Djchrismac » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:13 am

I'm still hearing this umpteen times a day... :roll: although I finally found someone who sums it up perfectly:
https://www.theodysseyonline.com/stop-saying-literally

Stop Being Basic. Stop Saying, "Literally."

The 80s California Valley Girl has returned in the form of the 2010s Basic, and her filler word of choice is, “literally.”

We live in a society full of grammar purists who are constantly nagging misusers of the most basic of basic words in the English language... “literally.” It is undeniable that the grammar purists are correct; many times when speakers use the word, "literally," they really mean "figuratively," or "metaphorically." This is a fact of grammar that cannot be argued-- at least, not successfully. We all generally accept this principal even if we don't apply it, but there is an issue that I have with the word, "literally," that extends past the simple misuse of the word.

Even grammar purists overlook what I believe to be an even greater problem than the misuse of, "literally." The issue that I have with this word, is that not only is it misused, but overused. It is the reincarnate of our former overused word of choice, “like.” Much to my horror, the 80s California valley girl has returned in the form of the 2010s basic, and her filler word of choice is, “literally.”

Looking at the origins of basic-ness, one can clearly see the unfortunate evolution of the valley girl into the basic. The strongest indicator by far of this evolutionary fact, is the common linguistic trends as I mentioned. Pointless vocabulary such as the words "literally," and "transparent," work their way into the sentences of individual basics, just as "totally," "like," and more did in the case of valley girls. All of these words are used as crutches-- words spoken in an attempt to make a sentence sound stronger, more interesting, or more intelligent. However, the words don't function in that way. They are really only unnecessary crutches. Probably the most unusual way that the word, "literally," in particular is used, is at the end of a sentence. This makes for incredibly bizarre syntax. Don't use bizarre syntax. Don't use crutch words. Stop being basic. Stop saying "literally."

The counterargument that I hear the most is, "I can say the word as often as I please because I use it correctly." To that, I say...

Yes. You're basic-- and that's undeniable based on the linguistic trends I noted.

Do you want to be basic? If not, you may want to reconsider how you use the word, "literally."

Think about it...

How often do you hear the word, "literally," on a daily basis?

What is the usage ratio of "literally," to any other word?

It is likely that over the course of an average day, you will hear, “literally,” used at least 30 times.

There is no escaping, "literally." You hear it while eating breakfast, when walking to class, when in class, when eating lunch, in the library while studying, in your dorm room through the paper-thin walls, on the TV and all over the internet. I cannot understand why you feel the need to use this word so much. It's more than a simple annoyance. It's like a demon. It follows you wherever you go.

When every other sentence contains a common word, the idea of the sentence in general is lost. For example...

Your speech literally becomes less effective, as it is literally lost in the usage of tautological repetitive diction. Many basics literally claim that using, “literally” literally strengthens their sentence because it literally puts an extra emphasis on what they are literally saying "literally" happened. Literally. :lol:

Chances are, you need to reread that paragraph to fully understand what I said. Of course, this example is hugely overly exaggerated for the effect, but regardless, it raises this question:

Do you really need to put an emphasis on what happened?

If it's a genuinely interesting event, there isn't a need for an extra word. Contrary to popular belief, using the word, "literally," does not make the listener to your speech more excited about or more interested in what you're saying.

Whenever you hear a friend use the word, do you get more excited or interested?

Probably not.

Now, please don’t take offense to my opinion. Opinions are subject to disagreement-- But around anyone who is like me and can't stand the word, "literally," please be respectful before they literally explode from your basic-ness.
So basically... the overuse of literally is turning us into 80's valley girls, dumbing down our conversation, literally! Aaaaargh!!!
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Re: I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

Post by Ilkka » Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:42 am

Djchrismac wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:13 am
I'm still hearing this umpteen times a day...
Lucky me I dont hear it since my native language is different literally. Also the translative word for it "kirjaimellisesti" I haven't been hearing much in conversations, sometimes I use it when talking stuff with serious meaning, as it should be used when you actually mean something. I dont really read or watch something that would contain misuse of that word, that is also "the why" I dont hear it.

We have our own common term that is largely in use "No niin", which is mostly an interjection in sentence or when something happens we use this word that is "well", "alright" etc. I use it very often. The finnish comedian Ismo Leikola has made a stand up about that word too and it was quite spot on, only in finnish though that I know of.
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Re: I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

Post by LoneBear » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:51 am

Ilkka wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:42 am
Lucky me I dont hear it since my native language is different literally.
Is there a version of Silicon Valley in Finland?
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Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:13 am
So basically... the overuse of literally is turning us into 80's valley girls, dumbing down our conversation, literally! Aaaaargh!!!
I refuse to comply with these ridiculous social "standards."

But the trend is expected; people no longer have meaningful lives. Anywhere you go in public, the restaurant, a park, bus stop, supermarket, all you find is people with their heads bowed and hands folded, praying to their smartphones. It has become worse than mindless "sheeple," it has turned in to the zombie apocalypse... corpses walking around without any spirit or intelligence, moaning in desperation when they cannot get a high-speed connection to watch YouTubes.

I am not surprised that a 4-syllable word is impressive to the monosyllabic zombie society. But I am surprised that they can actually remember how to pronounce it, without having to use their smartphone for a pronunciation key.
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Re: I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

Post by Ilkka » Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:35 pm

LoneBear wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:51 am
Is there a version of Silicon Valley in Finland?
Perhaps several little centers in bigger cities, like Tampere, Turku and Helsinki etc. Nothing that big that I know of.

There is however something called "FinNode" in Silicon Valley, that helps finnish researchers abroad in various countries including the U.S. (duh) and also they help foreign researchers in Finland.
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Post by Djchrismac » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:46 pm

I was at an afternoon gathering / conference for work today and one of the speakers was American so when he said literaly in his first few sentences I kept a tally and in his two presentations, lasting roughly 45 minutes each, he said literally 18 times... 18!!

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I'm still hearing it daily far too much, am I just tuned into it now or is something else going on? 18 times I tell ya! :shock:
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Re: I "literally" cannot stand this any more...

Post by Ilkka » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:22 am

Djchrismac wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:46 pm
I'm still hearing it daily far too much, am I just tuned into it now or is something else going on? 18 times I tell ya! :shock:
I think if you just try to not let it bother you so much it'll pass eventually. It will become just noise between the words that really matter. "Comes in the ear and out from the other" goes the saying in my country, roughly translated.
18 times is quite alot within 45 minutes though, if I were bothered about hearing that thing in some important meeting I probably (most likely) had been snapped after 3 times of hearing it. :D

I totally get the thing when you are bothered by some little thing that becomes much bigger one. Such devotion (for anything) could be in better use for other things (subjects) that are actually more important than those of less importance in your daily life. And I try to remember that for myself as well. :)
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