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391. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 17, 2011, 09:28 Sepharo
 
The Opera Ghost wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 04:33:
Sepharo wrote on Aug 8, 2011, 18:59:
Totally worth $15!

But not in Tumbler dollars.

And we're literally talking about dollars here. Tumbler will not purchase a game unless he only has to spend the minimum amount implied by using the plural of the word dollar.

Boy doesn't know how to use the word "literally."

(He's not "literally talking," he's typing. Probably meant "literal dollars.")

Sorry but you're the one who's confused here. This is one of those things that people tend to hypercorrect.

I've used it correctly both as an intensifier and to make the distinction that I'm not being figurative.

Take the sentence, "He's literally talking out of his ass." This is an example of "literally" being used as an intensifier for a (I hope) figurative statement but it also illustrates how adverbs work, which I suspect is where your confusion is stemming from despite the literal/figurative issue which set your broken alarm off.

In the example "literally" is describing the phrase "talking out of his ass" not just the verb talking. You're right "literally talking" doesn't make sense that's why the sentences are "literally talking out of [...]" and "literally talking about [...]".

"literally talking about"

And making a semantic distinction between "typing" and "talking" ... Come on

So in summary:
This is not "literally" being used as an intensifier for a figurative (this sets the hypercorrectors off).
The adverb modifies more than just the immediately following verb.
"Talking" versus "typing" ...

English is what we make it and if you claim otherwise you're wrong.

Are you going to pick apart this post too now?
 
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