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Literally … NOT!

Feb 7, 2015 | Grammar and Writing Tips

There was a car commercial several years ago that had people talking about looking at cars online. They were saying it was just like actually being in the dealership. One person said you “can literally take a test drive.” No, you can’t.

The only way to literally take a test drive is to be physically in the car, driving around on roads or a parking lot. You cannot do that on line.

People use literally to mean “a whole lot like” or “lifelike.” It doesn’t. It means actual life. If you step out the grab the paper and you hear the door click shut behind you, you may be literally out in the cold. A guy recently told me his daughter is exactly like him, she is literally his twin. Well, that’s an anatomical impossibility.

This is one of my pet peeves.

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