[lg policy] A literal paradox

baron dennis debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Sat Aug 24 02:30:38 UTC 2013



> From: Dennis Baron <no-reply-blog at illinois.edu>
> Subject: [WOL] A literal paradox
> Date: August 23, 2013 9:29:10 PM CDT
> To: <debaron at illinois.edu>
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> A literal paradox
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> Posted by Dennis Baron
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> Literally means ‘figuratively.’ Like it or not, that’s the way it is in English, and despite the recent uproar on Reddit and Buzzfeed over dictionaries recognizing the usage, it’s not new—literally has always been figurative.
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