I'm all for the flexibility of language. Modern pronunciations don't bother me, I think many common grammatical errors should be added to the rulebook, and I fully support letting words' meanings change over time. That said, there's something kind of heartbreaking about Google's new "expanded" definition of "literally."

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Yes, the Google Dictionary now says "literally" means literally and figuratively, two things that are completely opposite. That... that seems like it's going to be problematic. Also, I find it kind of obnoxious that Google would give this second definition to the word before admitting its far more common pronunciation is "lit'rally." It's literally driving me crazy!


[Via Neatorama]

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