This journal is for those who love language, words, a colorful turn of phrase, or for those who are grammar fanatics. It's for those who love witty writing. (Expect witty writing to be discussed here, but don't necessarily expect to read it here!)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I'm not exaggerating!
At least not when it comes to the word literally.
I think we all see this word misused often; in the worst misuse, I've heard people say "Literately." [cringe]
The word means actually or without exaggeration. If you use it as merely an intensifier, you are probably misusing it. An example is "I was so angry, I literally saw red." Unless you actually had a crimson pall come across your vision, you didn't "literally" see red. However, if you say, "I was so angry that I burst a blood vessel in my eye; I literally saw red," that would be appropriate.
Make sure that if you use literally, you are presenting an accurate approximation of what really happened or what you really felt, without exaggeration. "Literally" is not meant to be used as a metaphor, but as a true representation of events or feelings.
So far there are three of us who make regular contributions. We are:
Lori -- A 49 year-old, stay-at-home wife and former home-schooling mom, (who apparently has more hyphens to her description than she realized), who loves to read and write, who didn't seem to have enough AOL Journals/blogs already so decided to start a new one, and who hopes this will be a fun, interesting journal to write and to read.
ADB = Guido, a blogger from the UK. I speak several languages, apart from English, and am a stickler to rules of spelling and grammar. Doesn't mean I don't make misteaks lol. I enjoy wordplay and am notorious for the dreadful pun. Nonetheless, I enjoy writing for the sake of it.
Beth -- a 50-year-old retired microbiologist. Although my field of study was science, I have always been a reader and a lover of words. I see a well-turned phrase as a thing of beauty. I find joy in writing, and even more joy in attempting to write well. I don't always succeed, so there is always room for improvement!