I figuratively couldn’t believe this

The first use of literally, in the sense of figuratively, dates to 1769.

My outrage over this issue is officially over.

I do still, however, support the increased ironic use of “figuratively” in day to day conversation.

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  1. In comments to the above link someone points out that literally started off meaning “as written.” Said commenter likes to tell people who complain about “literally” being used to mean “figuratively” that those who use it to mean “actually” aren’t using it literally/as written either.

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