Lately, it seems that there are few words in the English language that stir up as much semantic ire as "literally" does. As more and more people have been using "literally" to mean "really," some English speakers fret that the meaning of the word will change. But the truth is that it would hardly be the first.
Grammar loving folks who love to point out where commas should be inserted instead of periods and how semi-colons are both simultaneously underused and overused, should pick up their red pens, furrowed brows and pitchforks at the fact that the definition of literally is literally no longer the literal definition of…
You know how trends start? Someone just does something, a lot. It doesn't even have to be cool. Or accurate. Take Joe Biden, for example. Biden used the word "literally" so many times in his speech at the DNC, last night, that it literally began trending on Twitter, reports the Washington Times. Literally.