May 18, 2010

Under the Bus

Mr. Morgan and I get a kick out of people's misusing of the the word "literally"--especially people in the public eye. Many times newscasters or commentators use "literally" to emphasize their points, even though they don't literally mean what they've just literally said. The latest quotation that I've come across is from Rev. Jeremiah Wright:

"No one in the Obama administration will respond to me, listen to me, talk to me or read anything that I write to them. I am 'toxic' in terms of the Obama administration," Wright wrote the president of Africa 6000 International earlier this year.

"I am 'radioactive,' Sir. When Obama threw me under the bus, he threw me
under the bus literally!" he wrote.

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