September 11, 2005

Literally

Sen. Landrieu:

"These guys [in the National Guard] are carrying the weight of the world literally on their shoulders."

Really? The third planet from the Sun is no longer being held in orbit by inertia and gravity but by some guys with M-16s and humvees?

Literally is the adverb form of literal. It means you are speaking without exaggeration or metaphor. Learn it.

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