Monday, February 2, 2015

I Am Nauseous, Literally

Actually. Completely. Plainly. Directly. 

These are all good synonyms for "literally." Over the last year or so, I have see several articles and Facebook posts complaining about the misuse of literally, particularly when it is used figuratively.

Maybe it's the suggestive powers of these articles.  Maybe everyone is out to prove they really were paying attention in class.  I don't know.  I do know that lately, I see and hear the word simply everywhere .  

Precisely. Really. Truly.  Maybe not as exciting as literally, but they will do.

So will correctly, faithfully, and - with index finger held high and the other hand clutching your imaginary suspenders as you appeal to the judge - indisputably.  If you emphasize each syllable just so, letter by letter it will be as satisfying as "literally."

If you want to get your Latin on, go with literatim.

Not figuratively could be said with an ironic edge.

Rightly, rigorously, strictly, to the letter, undeviatingly, undisputably.

This list is unerringly alphabetical.

Unmistakeable. Verbatim.

The next time you want to make a point with unparalleled clarity, use one of these suggestions, or else the rest of us may veritably die of boredom.