[Ads-l] "legitimately" to mean "very"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 26 06:42:31 UTC 2021

It's just more "cultural appropriation from Black English. It doesn't quite
make for the use of _make it rain_ from "shower bills on a dancer" to
something like, "have a good time."

On Sun, Sep 26, 2021 at 12:57 AM Stanton McCandlish <smccandlish at gmail.com>

> I've been a bit annoyed with a trend I'd heard spoken, and maybe seen in
> texting, of using "legitimately" as a general intensifier like "very" or
> "completely" or "so".  Now I've run across it in *Washington** Post*,
> albeit in quoted speech: "It was legitimately horrible."
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/cool-sculpting-linda-evangelista-fat-freezing/2021/09/24/85ade25a-1d6b-11ec-a99a-5fea2b2da34b_story.html
> Can something be illegitimately horrible?
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> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

- Wilson
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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