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I Literally Hate This

One of the favorite catch phrases that I have heard everywhere (not just in the world of personal finance) is the statement:

I literally {fill in favorite annoying verb, e.g. hate} this …

In the immortal words of one of my favorite movie characters Indigo Montoya from the Princess Bride,

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”,

Indigo Montoya (The Princess Bride)

if we look at Dictionary.com and it’s definitions, I like this version of it:

actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed.

and while this definition makes this phrase sound such a wonderful descriptive quip, it literally causes me to lose my lunch (I must have left it in my car, because I couldn’t find it anywhere).

What do I mean by the annoying use of this turn of phrase? Here are a few examples I have literally heard:

  • I literally lost my shirt on the stock market.
    Funny, I don’t remember any investment house taking clothing as collateral or payment, so I think this quip is a little off target.
  • The Interest rates literally blew my mind!
    Given that person still had their head on their shoulders and they were talking, again, I don’t think they grasp what they were really saying.
  • I got such a good deal, I literally pissed my banker off!
    Really? Your banker urinated after you made that deal with him or her? Not really sure what a literal piss off would be.
  • The car salesman literally included his wife as part of the deal…
    No, I am serious, this was an expression someone boasting about what a great deal they got said. I asked if she could drop by and do some laundry at my place, for some reason she never showed up.
  • This is literally your dumbest post ever
    I cannot argue that point, it is pretty random

I Literally Hate This

I realize this has little to do with finances in general and personal finances in specific, but sometimes, that is literally where my mind goes.

I literally would like some other financial statements in this format, literally (i.e. let the comments fly).

Feel Free to Comment

  1. Is it the repitition of the word that bothers you or what follows? I think we all have our pet peeves, I do not like “you know”. If I knew, I would ask a question. I think just people are sloppy or lazy with their language skills.

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