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Ellen Frowns on the Annoying Redefinition of the Word 'Literally': VIDEO

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Given the fact that the dictionary has now changed the definition the word "literally" to also mean its opposite — "something that's not literally true" — and added the words 'twerking' and 'selfie', Ellen wonders if it's not being written by a 13-year-old girl.

Also, exasperation over the new word "food baby", defined as "a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food."

"So if you don't want to offend someone by asking if she's pregnant, you just say, 'is that a food baby in there?'"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I remember a news reporter saying "cheap chickens are literally flying off of the supermarket shelves." Wtf?

    Posted by: bollox | Sep 18, 2013 2:26:28 PM


  2. Luke is literally growing up to be such a cutie.

    Posted by: bernard | Sep 18, 2013 2:35:54 PM


  3. There is a metaphorical construct known as "hyperbole." It's when you overstate something for effect. When you say, "I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse," you don't mean that literally (hah!) You mean it figuratively.

    It would seem that the word "literally" has become commonly used as a signifier of hyperbole. In much the same way that a "simile" is a specific use of metaphor to compare one thing with another using "like" or "as," we have come across another specific metaphorical use to indicate hyperbole using "literally."

    Posted by: Rrhain | Sep 18, 2013 2:50:48 PM


  4. @rrhain. it's wrong, irritating and drives me insane...metaphorically

    Posted by: gomez | Sep 18, 2013 3:48:33 PM


  5. I remember some 10-15 years ago, MADtv used to make fun of how "literally" was used in the language during their recurring Clyde & Judith sketches with Michael McDonald and Nicole Sullivan.

    http://youtu.be/P_DgJ8R-8XI

    Posted by: Rexford | Sep 18, 2013 4:02:21 PM


  6. What an epic post.

    Posted by: hankinla | Sep 18, 2013 4:11:20 PM


  7. @Bernard, ew. he's like 12..

    Posted by: Luke | Sep 18, 2013 4:54:30 PM


  8. She's looking more like an emaciated boy at a prep school everyday.

    Posted by: Clay | Sep 18, 2013 7:45:35 PM


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