Mighty Red Pen

August 15, 2011

Literal links

Filed under: Pop culture,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 6:30 pm

Is literally literally the most misused word? This article thinks so. And if you agree, and if you also like comedian David Cross, you might like to see him literally ranting about the word literally.


In other news, I’m literally quite disappointed to learn that after 14 years at the helm of “The Word” column at the Boston Globe, Jan Freeman is signing off (although Erin McKean will continue to write). But you can still find her at her excellent blog, Throw Grammar from the Train, so be sure to visit her there.




  1. Who are these linguists who “predict that it will continue to be led astray from its meaning”?

    Comment by goofy — August 17, 2011 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  2. Idiotic nonsense. Words change in meaning over time and the very idea that a word has a single true meaning is completely bogus. Look at how much ‘nice’ has changed over time.

    Comment by Chris Barts — August 21, 2011 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

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