Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Mar 23 23:57:46 UTC 2010

On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 4:04 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
> I wanted to come back to this one more time--I am sure it's been
> mentioned before (and if not here, surely elsewhere--
> ). I hate doing it from on-air comments that I
> overheard and cannot reproduce as evidence, but so it goes.
> There is a general tendency--I want to say "recently" but want to avoid
> a potential recency bias--to use the word "literally" as an emphasis on
> top of the already figurative use.

A good place to start is Jesse Sheidlower's 2005 piece for Slate:

I followed up on Language Log:

...and also wrote on the topic more recently for Word Routes:

--Ben Zimmer

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