Literally and Figuratively

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Sat Apr 16 17:13:59 UTC 2005

So what, then, for this person is the difference between "literally" and 
"figuratively"? The use in this contrasting way indicates that the author must 
believe that the two terms mean something different. So what is it?

On the other hand, if this is just a formula, in which the author is 
mindlessly repeating a phrase that she has heard without really assigning meaning to 
except 'intensifier', can we really say that, for her, "literally" has 
"changed" meaning at all (except that it means little more than 'intensifier')?
In a message dated 4/15/05 3:53:44 PM, laurence.horn at YALE.EDU writes:

> >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-----
> >
> >DTL [...]
> >--> "She really had been, literally and figuratively, married to San
> >Francisco for the last 15 years," Singer said.
> So while she'll be leaving office, she literally and figuratively
> left her heart in San Francisco.  Ouch.
> L

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