Did you know that Weird Al Yankovic is a fully deputized member of the Grammar Police Force? Earlier today he posted this photo on Twitter, which features the cover of Vanity Fair with a circled quote attributed to Lindsay Lohan:
"I'm literally falling apart!"To which Al tweeted, "LITERALLY??!"
Where does LiLo go wrong? She maintains her status as a huge diva by misusing the word literally. Favored by drama queens, literally is frequently misused and abused.
- Literally means 'actually' or 'in a strict sense.'
- Unless you mean that something actually happened (not just in your mind, or metaphorically, or in an exaggerated way to make a point), then don't use literally. (Hilariously, @grammarsnark subsequently tweeted: "Lindsay needs this CNN article, stat. http://bit.ly/a7lxuu")
- It feels like I'm falling apart!
- I'm falling apart, figuratively speaking!
- I'm falling apart!