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  1. Rrhain says

    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.”

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