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January 10, 2012


Randy Averill

How do you keep finding my pet peeves? Here I thought you had literally addressed all of them and you find another! I go into cognitive dissonance when people use the word "literally" when what they're saying or writing cannot possibly be true in a literal sense. I fail to hear the important parts of their message because I cannot help but focus on such a flagrant misuse of a word that, literally, is supposed to mean something.

Other than that, I don't really have an opinion on this subject. ;)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Randy, thank you! You earned my biggest laugh of the day--literally!


Lery Rogu

sometimes we use words without really knowing the usage , in my personal opinion "literally" its pretty useful in describing .


Another one in that vein is the use of "truly." Truly is truly a waste of space on paper or to read in an e-mail. I literally edit it out every time I see it. Keep up the good work - I "truly" love this blog.


This is one of my favorites. You can only understand the impact if you literally utilize the most unique verbiage.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Jennifer, thanks for your truly helpful reminder.

PetPeeve, what a value-laden observation!

P.S. I hope everyone knows I am winking.

business contract writing research and law info

great blog, im just out doing quick research before i work on a contract. Im literally confused on how to use the word =), great info.

keep up the great writing.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

I am surprised you would include a link to your business after commenting without standard capitalization and punctuation. I hope you aren't trying to make a competitor look bad!


Echelon Bob

Hmm..."When it comes to success, the sky's the limit--literally and figuratively." You think that's OK?

If so, then now I know what to blame when I don't get promoted. Damn you, darn sky! Stop limiting me!

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Yes, Echelon Bob. I think "the sky's the limit" is acceptable for a satellite company.


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