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May 19, 2010 - Karin Elton
‘‘I am ’radioactive,’ Sir. When Obama threw me under the bus, he threw me under the bus literally!” The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, wrote in a recent letter.
So Obama literally picked up Wright and threw him under a bus. You think we would have read about it in the paper or saw it on Youtube.com.
When people say “I literally busted a gut from laughing” I think, “Did you have to go to emergency to get your intestines sewn up?”
Somehow, “literally” now means “figuratively.” The dictionary says it’s a “loose usage” meaning “not really.”
Just don’t say it. You can say “he threw me under the bus” and people will know it’s a metaphor.
Just another one of the many annoying things people say. Don’t get me started on “very unique.”
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