I have been annoyed to the point of a blog post with the word “literally.” This is a very neat word, I should say. It serves the great purpose of reigning in exaggeration and allowing one to express things in actual terms, making the information – not the words themselves – impressive.
My problem with “literally” is not with the word itself, but with its rampant overuse recently. I have heard of incidents in which people “literally…”
As my previous posts may suggest, I’m a twitter user (tweeter?). The other day, as I eagerly hit “refresh” on my twitter homepage hoping for some new material, a new post came up from (awesome) journalist Clive Thompson and made me think. For those of you who didn’t click, the post said that twitter is teaching millions of people to become very good at “print-headline-writing” skills. This is true. America and the world is becoming ridiculously good at cramming information into small blocks of text.