“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).