14 April, 2024


How Language Is Literally Losing Its Meaning

The Oxford English Dictionary has accepted a new definition for the word literally – and it’s not the only word changing beyond recognition. It’s enough to, like, make one despair

It is literally the biggest semantics story of the week: the informal use of the word “literally” – as a term for emphasis when a statement isn’t true – has been included as a definition in the Oxford English Dictionary.Writers have responded, protesting very convincingly that we are breaking up the English language – we are like so many monkeys tossing around a Ming vase, the richest cultural property we possess.

Read more in the Guardian

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