Have you noticed how so many people are using the word ‘literally’ in everyday speech? There must be millions of people doing it, literally. Have you noticed how the word ‘literally’ is being used to describe things that are more figurative than literal?
Here’s an example:
Person: It rained loads yesterday
Person: It must have been 10 inches of water, literally.
Me: Are you sure?
Isn’t that more figurative, because there wasn’t 10 inches of water, there was barely an inch, literally.
Andrea and I were talking about this. So we’re going to try something and we’d like you to try it too. When you say something that is exaggerated use the word ‘figuratively’ at the end of the sentence or in the sentence.
Me: “I was at a great house party last night, there must have been figuratively thousands of people there.”
If you prefer to not to do that do this, when you hear someone use ‘literally’ in the sentence, say at the end, “that’s not literal, that’s figurative.
This is bound to increase your standing with your friends / family and get you off the invite list to parties /events you never want to attend anyway.