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"The world is literally her oyster."

The image to the left comes from Literally, a Web Log, one of the many idiosyncratic blogs devoted to the decline of language.  Literally tracks the misuse of that adverb, which is one of my pet peeves.  (To appease the spirit of Orwell, I might use less clichéd language and call it a bête noire; and if his spirit found that too pretentious, I might call it a bugbear, which has the advantage of also referring to “a goblin that eats up naughty children.”  Of course, if the spirit of Orwell is haunting me, I have bigger problems than diction.)  Two of the more enjoyable blogs about grammatical bugbears (I think I do like that) are The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks and Apostrophe Abuse.  Spend a few minutes with them; they offer a nice balance to the reading given to you in previous posts, precisely because they are not essays or articles.

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