Traditionally, literally means something that is strictly true. Google's dictionary, bloggers noticed, says you can also use it for emphasis. Like, "I would literally give my right arm to own a pickup truck." Grammar sticklers claim Google has sided with language traitors and broken the English language.
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Good morning. I'm David Greene. The Internet is literally on fire this morning over the usage of a word. Traditionally literally means something that is strictly true. Google's dictionary, bloggers just noticed, says you can also use that word for emphasis. Like I would literally give my right arm to own a pickup truck. That's true. Grammar sticklers claim Google has sided with language traitors and broken the English language. In other words, the sky is literally falling. It's MORNING EDITION.
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