What Word Would You Use Instead Of "Literally"?

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29 Apr 2021, 7:03 am

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To replace "literally" being used the right way, I'd say "actually." Followed by "and I mean actually" if they look doubtful.

To replace "literally" being used the wrong way, I'd use "practically." IIRC, that's the word that was used for this kind of hyperbole before "literally" took over.

Much better and simpler way of phrasing things than my attempts! Top one was what I was asking about originally, bottom one is also interesting after seeing people's replies even though I never though to ask about it.


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29 Apr 2021, 9:58 am

OutsideView wrote:
PhosphorusDecree wrote:
To replace "literally" being used the right way, I'd say "actually." Followed by "and I mean actually" if they look doubtful.

To replace "literally" being used the wrong way, I'd use "practically." IIRC, that's the word that was used for this kind of hyperbole before "literally" took over.

Much better and simpler way of phrasing things than my attempts! Top one was what I was asking about originally, bottom one is also interesting after seeing people's replies even though I never though to ask about it.


I apologize for not understanding.

If you got so stressed from talking to the doctor on the phone that you literally fell on the floor...I guess that I would repeat the point by saying "I literally fell on the floor. Physically collapsed on to the floor, and had to be carried away (or whatever happened next). " Which is what folks usually do anyway when they talk about something dramatic, and traumatic. Do a little bit of repetition to drive it home.



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29 Apr 2021, 10:13 am

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I was reading a discussion recently about if you should only use the word literally in the correct way or if it's OK to use it to add emphasis to figurative things. "I literally shopped 'til I dropped" could work either way but what word would you use to let people know you actually did collapse after shopping if "literally" isn't taken literally any more? I looked up some synonyms and "actually" or "genuinely" seem like good alternatives.


I literally don't use the word literally in such a sentence as it is not literal. (I just had to add my humour in that sentence!) Many words today are reversed from their origional meanings and confuses things. Example. "What do you think of this?" and someone replies saying "Sick", I will assume they don't like it, but they then would be upset by my response to their reply.
If people stuck to saying what they really mean it would be so much easier! :P


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29 Apr 2021, 10:33 am

naturalplastic wrote:
I apologize for not understanding.

All good :thumleft:


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29 Apr 2021, 10:44 am

Mountain Goat wrote:
OutsideView wrote:
I was reading a discussion recently about if you should only use the word literally in the correct way or if it's OK to use it to add emphasis to figurative things. "I literally shopped 'til I dropped" could work either way but what word would you use to let people know you actually did collapse after shopping if "literally" isn't taken literally any more? I looked up some synonyms and "actually" or "genuinely" seem like good alternatives.


I literally don't use the word literally in such a sentence as it is not literal. (I just had to add my humour in that sentence!) Many words today are reversed from their origional meanings and confuses things. Example. "What do you think of this?" and someone replies saying "Sick", I will assume they don't like it, but they then would be upset by my response to their reply.
If people stuck to saying what they really mean it would be so much easier! :P


Sometimes the reverse meaning becomes the dominant one. Originally to condescend to someone didn't carry the negative connotations it does now; this is why bitching about people using the word literally when they literally mean the opposite is silly, ironic speech isn't actually confusing when you're aware of it.


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30 Apr 2021, 9:21 am

I honestly can't stand it when people use "literally" figuratively. Some say it's the natural way language evolves but I say that's just the result of stupid people being stupid.
There's plenty of words to intensify or add emphasis you can use instead, "virtually" probably being the most appropriate.



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30 Apr 2021, 10:23 pm

I would use the word Serious/Seriously instead & South Park's Al Gore would say Cereal :arrow:


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06 May 2021, 2:13 pm

LINK: Thesaurus suggestions for the word 'literally' -
https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/literally



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07 May 2021, 12:15 am

I continue to use the word "literally" the way it is meant to, and if people think it means anything else, it's not my fault.

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07 May 2021, 12:42 am

SabbraCadabra wrote:
I continue to use the word "literally" the way it is meant to, and if people think it means anything else, it's not my fault.

:shrug:


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