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literally (LIT-uhr-uh-lee) adverb

1. In a literal manner; word for word.

2. In a literal or strict sense.

3. (Usage Problem) Really; actually.

"Perfide Angleterre. 1786, French aristocrat Count Honore de Mirabeau: English generosity! They calculate everything, even talent and friendship; most of their writers have almost literally died of starvation." The English, The Economist, 31 Dec 1999.

"Sadada Jackson: It took me literally two months just to get around the corner from my house." Jay Schadler, et al., Don't Panic, ABC 20/20, 24 Feb 1999.

This week's theme: words often used in a sense different from their established definitions.

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A time will come when a politician who has wilfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own. -H.G. Wells, British Writer [The Salvaging of Civilization] (1866-1946)


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