Literally and Figuratively

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Fri Apr 15 19:31:29 UTC 2005

Here is what I thought to be a nice citation demonstrating how clearly the
meaning of "literally" has changed.

Benjamin Barrett
Baking the World a Better Place

-----Original Message-----

SF Assessor Mabel Teng announces resignation
- By LISA LEFF, Associated Press Writer  Thursday, April 14, 2005
 (04-14) 16:34 PDT San Francisco (AP)

San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Mabel Teng, who became a hero to many in the
city's gay community for officiating at last year's weddings of same-sex
couples, announced Thursday she was resigning because her heart is no longer
in her job.

Teng, who was not due to face re-election until November 2006, cited as
reasons for her departure the personal turmoil she has experienced while
simultaneously undergoing a divorce and facing scrutiny over her management
of the office that assesses property and maintains city records.


When Newsom ordered city officials to start issuing marriage licenses to
same-sex couples on Feb. 12, 2004, Teng and her office were an integral part
of the monthlong wedding spree. Teng personally officiated at the wedding of
the first couple to get married with the city's blessing, and agreed to keep
her office open Valentine Day's weekend so as many marriages could be
registered as possible before the courts intervened.


--> "She really had been, literally and figuratively, married to San
Francisco for the last 15 years," Singer said.

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