Tuesday, March 27, 2018
9:17 am pdt
Literally v. Figuratively
"Literally" has literally
become a cliché, in that people are literally overusing this word, and often in situations where it literally means
the opposite of what they are literally wanting to say (if anything at all). To review, "literally" means
that it really happened. No "sorts of's." "No kinda's." It really happened, exactly
as you say. So if you say, for instance, that you "literally died laughing," then you really died, which makes
it a bit of a mystery how you could be saying such a thing, but I digress. "Figurative," on the other hand,
means it's a figure of speech, and it didn't actually happen that way. Here, it really is "sort of."
So, for instance, if it's really important that you let somebody know that you really didn't die, you can say you "figuratively
died laughing." Of course, to say you "died laughing" is a cliché, too, whether it's literal or
figurative. But, once again, I digress. The easiest way to keep these two words straight is to stop saying you
"literally" did anything. Come up with something new. Your readers will appreciate it.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The worst anybody can do to you is to make you worse than they are. Earl Eldridge
7:46 am pdt
Thursday, March 1, 2018
7:58 am pst
the Ides of March!
Let’s face it. Nobody would give a rip about the ides of anything, much less
the Ides of March, if it hadn’t been for William Shakespeare. In his play Julius Caesar,
he has the Soothsayer warn the doomed ruler, “Beware the ides of March.” (I.ii.66)