This comic’s kind of a cheat because I already talked about this on Twitter, but I just couldn’t get it out of my head and, well, here we are.
If you use “literally” to describe something that actually happened, you’re not wrong, I suppose – but the word is normally used in situations where the other person might otherwise believe you were speaking figuratively. For instance, “I literally licked her buns – no, really, she bakes the best cinnamon buns I’ve ever had.”
This might just bug me so much because at least when you use “literally” incorrectly, I can bust you on it and make fun of you. But when you say something like, “I literally put on pants this morning,” what is there to say? Sure, I can rant about it a little on a mediocre blog, but nobody wants to hear about my grammatical nitpicking in everyday conversation. Nobody.
I bet you thought I was going to add “literally” after that. Nope.
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