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  • It's fine to use literally if they're using it correctly. The easiest test is to replace "literally" with "actually". With so much hyperbole and figurative language in web-based writing, it can sometimes be useful to note things that literally happen.

    If you told me that your server fell over, I'd think you meant that it was very slow, or crashed. If you told me that your server literally fell over, then I'd ask if someone tripped over a cable, or there was an earthquake.



    • This is the Internet; my hope of people using words correctly (or, at least, incorrectly with panache) grows ever dim.

      • Look on the bright side, at least they're actually spelling the word out, as opposed to using some screwed up abbreviation. If I see one more person use 'r' and 'u' as words, I'm going to go completely insane.
      • You read /. ...You're either a hopeless sap or just in the death throes of consigning yourself to the grim reality that people really do watch TV instead of reading anymore. You would like John McWorter's new book, "Doing our own Thing", I suspect.
        • When I was visiting Cornell to check them out for grad school in linguistics, there was exactly one person there who appeared even half-sane or even half-human. It was this one black guy who studied creoles, and I exchanged just a few words with him before I was whisked off to meet some doofus. I later found it that 1) It was John McWhorter, and 2) He was packing up his office to leave Cornell, thus displaying the same judgement I had of the place.