literally = "so to speak; metaphorically or hyperbolically" (1864)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Jul 5 22:43:09 UTC 2006

Thanks, Ben, for bringing this article to my/our attention.


Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Re: literally = "so to speak; metaphorically or hyperbolically"

On 7/5/06, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> OED actually has one from 1863, written by the English actress Fannie
> Kemble after she'd moved to Georgia. (OED merely notes "improperly used,"
> but a separate subentry seems warranted.)

I offered a few examples from a century earlier in this Language Log post:

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