Philology and esoterica: scribblings, ravings and mutterings.
Friday, October 15, 2004
Everybody complains about "literally", but nobody complains about "really". As if "That elephant is literally a God-send for us," (Oh? So that's what manna was! Elephants hitting earth at their terminal velocity.) is somehow more sensical than "That elephant is really a God-send for us." I don't get it. If we're just going to claim that the battle for "really" is lost, well, we may as well all turn descriptivist and have done with it. Heaven forfend!