Learn English – literally as a hyperbole


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“Literally” and “Decimate” misuse

I have seen a lot of backlash in internet media against people using the word literally to mean something not literal.
Something like "he was literally as big as a house" to mean someone was very big
I think this comic sums up the anti literal movement well

Is this actually grammatically incorrect or can the word "literally" be a hyperbole strengthening a metaphor?

Best Answer

My Webster's defines hyperbole as

exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

So it would seem that using literally as a hyperbolic expression would be to negate its sense of non-literalness.

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