Did you ever notice that sometimes people use words in ways that have nothing to do with the definition of the word, but just for emphasis? For example, I hear phrases like, “That is, literally, the coolest thing ever!” Really? Literally? As in, you’re not using any sort of figurative speech or hyperbole, but that is, objectively, the coolest thing ever, compared to all other things currently in existence? My brother Ben was watching American Idol the other day when Simon said to a singer, “You literally fell apart up there.” Really? I hope somebody puts her back together and pumps her full of blood again.
My mother was full of words that didn’t really mean what she used them for. Like when we acted up and she would tell us to stop being so ignorant, like ignorant meant rude. To be fair, however, she pronounced it “ignernt,” so maybe it was a different word that we, as ignernt kids, weren’t aware of. Oh, and we drew with crans and mowed the lawn with the Longmore (which is the last name of my cousins, which got a bit confusing when they came over to visit). And heaven forbid we pinch anyone, for then we could accidentally give them cancer. But that’s a post for another time. As for me, I’m late to FHE.
EDIT: Several months later (now August), I found this link and deemed it relevant to the topic.