I’ve been keeping track of misuses of the word “literally” lately.
This morning on one of the network news shows, one of the anchors said, “The Republican race is heating up — literally and figuratively!” Was there a glitch in the heating system at the debate? Or is the weather in South Carolina unseasonably warm? Why else would the race be “literally” heating up?
A few weeks ago, a sports anchor said, “The Packers literally feasted on the Lions’ offensive line.”
A guy who came into the office the other day used it correctly, sort of. He referred to someone “getting the crap kicked out of him — not literally, but figuratively.” I’m glad he clarified that.