A Motion Picture: Literally

People throw the word “literally” around quite a bit these days, don’t you think? It’s almost become the “like” of an entire generation. Where you once had people who, like, added, like, the word “like” to, like, every other word in a, like, sentence, “literally” now goes before anything worthy of emphasis.

Just to be clear, “literally” means “in the literal or strict sense.” (See also “not an exaggeration.”)

I have a tendency to take situations literally. Someone once told me that it was impossible to nail Jell-O to a wall.

(Okay, but nobody said you had to take it out of the box.)

There. That ought to do it.
There. That ought to do it. Literally.

I know I’m not the only one who takes suggestions literally. I have a theory that someone told an overworked ancient calendar-maker to take the day off a few too many times while he was working on the February layout…and that’s how we ended up with one really short month. I also believe that some guy has been standing in a shower for years wondering when he can stop using the shampoo because he read the directions too literally. (Lather, rinse, repeat.)

However, I think I took myself too literally this time.

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