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Isn’t it a shame when we misuse ‘literally’ when the word is about words we use!?
Disagreeable for figuratively (or similar words)
‘The misuse of literally, which in these examples means “actually; in fact; exactly,” occasions more mirth than does the misuse of many other words. That several contemporary dictionaries, including Merriam-Webster and Macmillan and Oxford, now note that literally means “figuratively” should annoy all of us who still value words, the definitions of them and the distinctions between them.
1. in a literal sense or manner : ACTUALLY [took the remark literally] [was literally insane].
2. in effect : VIRTUALLY [will literally turn the world upside down to combat cruelty or injustice -- Norman Cousins].
1. a. used for showing that what you are saying is really true and is not just an impressive way of describing something: Now there are literally thousands of companies using our software.
b. used when you are describing something in an extreme way that cannot be true.
1. In a literal manner or sense; exactly: the driver took it literally when asked to go straight across the traffic circle.”
1.1 Used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true: “I have received literally thousands of letters.”…’
8 Things to Know about News and Social Media
‘The Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project analyzed data about social media and news and came to eight conclusions about the intersection of the two.
1. Social Media is a News Source
‘Though social media sites today serve as news sources, some sites are more prominent sources of information than others. Just because a website is used more often than another doesn’t necessarily mean people read more news on that site. For instance, 12% of Americans use, but only 8% get news from Instagram. For comparison’s sake, only 3% of the U.S. public uses Reddit, but 62% of Reddit users find news on the site. Not too far behind Reddit, half of Twitter users get news from tweets. Though Facebook and YouTube reach the most Americans (64%), only about half of Facebook users and one-fifth of YouTube users get news from those sites…’
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‘Here’s the distillation of that conversation — the one that led me to say, Okay, let’s do this.
First, the conversation doesn’t end
‘If you’ve been running your own blog for awhile, you probably noticed that comments started to become less frequent when Facebook and Twitter really started to come into their own. (And that’s only picked up speed with the incredible growth of the other social platforms like Google+ and LinkedIn.)
‘Why? Because the conversation moved to a wider public platform.
‘We couldn’t quiet the conversation around our content if we wanted to — and we definitely don’t want to! But we have terrific outposts where those conversations can live now.
‘More important, maybe this isn’t the right place…’
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