January 8th, 2008


Literally wrong

Rarely have much time (or interest) to devote to news reading, but this bit on Presidential candidate gaffes toward the end of the Iowa caucus campaign was too rich for me (or many others) to resist. Of particular chalkboard-fingernail quality is this gem from a former First Lady:
“We had 300 people outside, literally freezing to death,” Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton marveled on Tuesday before a crowd in Iowa City. (No deaths were reported, in fact.)
If they'd actually died, perhaps their absence could be blamed for Clinton's showing in Iowa.

My continued annoyance with the abuse of "literally" brought me to The Banished Words List from Lake Superior State University. Regrettably, it hasn't yet made the list, but plenty of others have deservedly gotten the axe (I banned "organic" for similar reasons back in 2006).