A tangent post as this is something that I'm a big fan of - use of the word literally when you mean the exact opposite. I think my love for it came from Geordie's loud (and possibly drunken) screams of abuse at a judge at the Mirror Awards who said they were 'literally swamped with entries this year".
This is going to be a continuing post, so add your own spots in the comments bit and I'll link it on the front page.
I'll get things going with a few of my favourites that have made me laugh my head off, literally.
- "I literally hovered round the newsroom all day" (visiting ITV journalist at CJS).
- "Gareth Jenkins has Llanelli literally running through his veins" (script of a local radio journalist, half an hour after I had had a rant about improper use of the word literally. I've got photographic evidence of this one, but it seems too cruel).
- "When the true details of Iraq came to light, the government found the wheels literally came off" (a JOMEC professor, but not J-Lew).