I'm literally using this for my college composition students tomorrow. Literally.
I thought read the whole article...? Now I cant remember what it was about.
Many words are abused like this. Literally, actually, essentially, basically,
and so forth. I read John Boehner's comments today and noticed that he
really like "in fact" and liberally (not literally) peppers this phrase
into his speaking. I remember Michael Dukakis and how he kneaded the word
"fundamentally" into many, many speeches.
At first, I thought this article was going to be about the commercial where the
zombie's ear falls off.
I can't remember who said something about, there is more than one way to
spell a word. My be because a word can have a lot of different things it means.
Your next target should be "No problem" when it is used in place of
You're welcome. I recently thanked someone for a good deed and they
replied, No Problem. I didn't care if it was a problem or not. Does it
imply that if your kindness was a problem you wouldn't have done it? No
problem has its place, but not as a substitute for You're welcome,