New Browser Plugin Figuratively Kills the Word Literally

unnamedThe war between those who use the word literally in its correct historical meaning and those who cannot stand to see the word used for exaggeration will likely never end, but thanks to a new browser plugin it's now possible to call a truce.

A newly released plugin for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox is now available to rescue the frayed nerves of grammar nazis. Once installed in your web browser, the plugin replaces instances of the word literally with figuratively. It doesn't work on illustrations or Twitter (I don't know if it works on FB either), but at a minimum it will catch all instances of the term on most websites.

I, for one, am happy to use the term literally in the same manner as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and F Scott Fitzgerald used the word, but not everyone feels the same way. And thanks to this plugin, we can both be happy.

That works for me.


P.S. I last posted on this topic in August of 2013 when I pointed out the historical uses of the word literally. When you learn just how many famous authors have used this word to exaggerate it will literally blow your socks off.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on New Browser Plugin Figuratively Kills the Word Literally

  1. I literally have no comment…

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