Grammar Lessons With Food

Let’s learn a few important grammar lessons with the help of yummy, delicious food.

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3 Responses to Grammar Lessons With Food

  1. Seraphinae says:

    You forgot the replacement word for “literally”. “Figuratively” should be used in place of it or alternatively, just don’t use the exaggeration.

  2. semanticallydrifting says:

    As much as I hate to point it out, saying “Jeff is literally dying for a cookie” is no longer incorrect. The hyperbolic use of the word has become so prevalent that an accepted (and published!) secondary definition of “literally” is “figuratively.”

    “Literally” is now a contranym, meaning it can hold opposite meanings. So “literally” can mean both “in a literal sense” and “in a figurative sense.” It’s up to context to tell you which it is. (And make no mistake: it’s always the figurative sense. Nobody uses “literally” literally anymore.)

    This is what happens when millions of stupid people misuse a word for too long… the dictionaries get their hands on the misuse and legitimize it.

    But great stuff regardless.

    • Jeff Wysaski says:

      Interesting…I just read the other day that “nice” used to mean “foolish or stupid,” but officially changed over time. It’s kind of cool to see the evolution of a word in real time. Albeit, for stupid reasons in the case of “literally.”

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